What is an Apprenticeship?
Earn while you learn
An apprenticeship is a paid period of training that allows you to learn a particular skill or set of skills and can last between one and four years
What are my options?
Apprenticeships can be undertaken in a huge number of different sectors and industries, from agriculture to Zoo Keeping. Don’t expect to be paid a fortune, rates differ from apprenticeship to apprenticeship, so it’s best to shop around. One thing to remember is that your pay will go up in line with the skills you develop, so providers will invest in you.
There are three levels of apprenticeships:
- advanced apprenticeships
- higher apprenticeships
How much will I get paid?
You’re guaranteed a minimum wage of £2.73 per hour, a typical Dental Nurse Apprenticeship will pay on average at least twice this amount. Whilst you are earning between £4,940 and £13,000 a year your university friends are almost certainly acquiring a similar amount of debt particularly when you consider that university fees cost up to £9,000 per year.
If you are interested in looking for apprenticeships in your area, we recommend that you check the database from the National Apprenticeship Service.