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Information for apprentices: what is an apprenticeship?

It can feel stressful when deciding what steps to take in your career.

It’s important to weigh up all the options available, find out as much information as you can, and sit down and go through the pros and cons of all opportunities.

Going to college or university are popular options for many people, but so is the opportunity to train and earn during an apprenticeship.

Over recent years, there has been a real shift in education and training options with many more now opting for the apprenticeship route.

From August to October 2022, the UK saw more than 22,000 apprentices enrolling in both Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships.

An apprenticeship is much more than a job - it is a step into or a step up in the career you want to pursue. It is an opportunity to develop a broad range of skills employers want and need!

Each and every year close to 10,000 people kick start their careers in the South Yorkshire region through an apprenticeship.

Things you should know

Apprenticeship standards

Your apprenticeship will help you develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to get on in your career.  These standards are designed by employers so you can rest assured you are developing the skills employers need.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will demonstrate your new found capabilities and be formally recognised as being fully competent in your role.

Range of apprenticeships

With over 690 apprenticeship standards across 15 different occupations, you have the choice to follow your dreams and get the career you have always wanted.

Apprenticeship levels

Apprenticeships range from level 2 (entry) to level 7 (Masters) providing career pathways for individuals to continue to progress their career.

Many apprentices have started their journeys on a level 2 or 3 programme building a solid foundation for them to progress onto high level apprenticeships or technical qualifications, enabling them to continue to develop their career.

Full list of occupations available

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Why choose an apprenticeship?

By choosing an apprenticeship you’ll not only get a recognised qualification, but you’ll also gain industry leading skills.

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Apprenticeships available

We will be able to help you access any of the 670 approved apprenticeship standards.

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