Am I eligible?
How to get onto a scheme
There are no set entry requirements for apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over 16 living in England, and not currently in full-time education. Entry requirements are flexible because Apprenticeships are not just based on academic achievement. Employers value your enthusiasm for work and desire to learn, so your practical skills and interest in your chosen area are very important.
In order to apply you need to be:
- • Committed
- • Able to show that you’ve fully researched the area of work you want to do, and you’re the right person for the job
- • Aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you
- • Prepared for further study
- • Realistic about the amount of work you may have to do
- • Happy to work both as part of a team and an individual
- • Able to use your own initiative
Apprenticeships can be demanding, but very rewarding. It’s not just a question of seeing what’s out there and then selecting your career path. It helps if you’re focused enough to know what you want to do before you apply.
Equality and diversity
Apprenticeship programmes are inclusive and must comply with the principles of equality and diversity. They must show that they take an active approach to identifying and removing barriers to entry and progression. Apprenticeships must ensure equality of access for those with a learning difficulty. If there are any legal restrictions that limit entry to an Apprenticeship these must be stated.
Traineeships are designed for young people who want to find work but who lack the necessary education or skills. A traineeship offers work preparation training, including maths and English if you don’t have GCSE A*–C, with work experience provided by an employer. They last from six weeks to six months, with the ‘preparation’ element giving you the skills and confidence needed for an apprenticeship or other job, and the work experience giving you an insight into the world of work.
Traineeships are run by training providers but employers play a role in tailoring the programme to meet their needs.
You won't be paid during your work placement but your employer is encouraged to support you with expenses, such as for transport and meals. You should also get an exit interview – or a job interview if a job becomes available – and a reference upon completion.
Visit apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600 to find out more.