Information about apprenticeships for young people

If you want to get hands on experience and learn on the job, then an Apprenticeship may be the right route for you.

An apprenticeship is a great way to learn outside the classroom, right in the heart of your dream career.

Apprentices are employed by a business to do a specific job, so you are paid while you learn.

By working and training with the company and attending college, you will build up the experience, knowledge and skills. You can apply this in your job as you work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

As an apprentice you can expect to be working in paid employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You will also earn a wage starting at the minimum of £3.30 per hour for 16-18 year olds, but many apprentices do tend to earn more than this.

What is involved?

As an apprentice, you will be an employee of the company you are an apprentice with and will usually spend four days each week working in the business.

Most of the training is done on the job with people who work in the industry, learning from experienced members of the team that can train you in all aspects of the practical work that you would require to do the job.

You will also spend a further day in training either at college or with a training provider. This will provide you with further training to develop your employability skills, such as English and maths.

What are the advantages of an Apprenticeship?

  • You will learn on the job as well as attending some off the job training 
  • You will be trained by people who do the job 
  • You will work with industry standard equipment and gain vital experience in the industry environment 
  • You will be paid while you learn 
  • You will get the real industry experience, working real working hours and learning the tricks of the trade 
  • After completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship, you could go onto Higher Education qualifications

How long does it take?

Apprenticeships vary, depending on the route you take but they normally take between one and two years to complete.

What different levels of apprenticeship are there?

There are three levels of apprenticeship available. What level you start at would depend on your current qualifications and the opportunities available in the sector you are interested in.

Intermediate Apprenticeship

(Level 2; equivalent to five good GCSE passes) : provides you with the skills and qualifications for your chosen career and allow entry (if desired) to an Advanced Apprenticeship. To be accepted you need to be enthusiastic, keen to learn and have a reasonable standard of education.

Advanced Apprenticeship

(Level 3; equivalent to two A-level passes): to start this programme, you should have five GCSEs (grade A*-C) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship. This will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need for your career and allow entry (if desired) to a Higher Apprenticeship or degree level qualification.

Higher Apprenticeship

(Level 4/5; equivalent to a Foundation Degree): to start this programme, you should have a Level 3 qualification (A-Levels, Advanced Diploma or International Baccalaureate) or have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship.

For more information please call 01274 434953

Apprenticeship vacancies in West Yorkshire

You can view all the current vacancies for apprenticeships in the West Yorkshire area.

Apprenticeship training providers in the Bradford District

You can view which colleges and training providers across the Bradford District support apprenticeships here.

Contact details

Bradford Apprenticeship Hub

Phone : 01274 434953

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