What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You’re treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.
If you’re 16 or over (there’s no upper age limit), you can become an apprentice as long as you spend at least 50% of your working hours in England for the duration of the apprenticeship, and you are not in full-time education.
When you are an apprentice:
- you get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of your time spent in off-the-job training, often at a college, university or with a training provider
- you train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation
- you’re on a career path – with lots of future potential for you
Your apprenticeship can take between one and six years to complete, depending on which apprenticeship you choose, what level it’s at, and your previous experience.
Different apprenticeships are available right across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, within companies large and small, in a wide range of industries and organisations.
You get valuable hands-on experience working while you learn, which helps you progress in your working life.
What are the different types of apprenticeships?
There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from. Whether you’re at the start of your career, want to change career direction, or if you’re returning to work after a break.
All apprenticeships make sure you’re ‘job ready’ for the role you have trained for.
Apprentices earn a salary right from day one of their employment and all training costs are paid for you; even if you are a Degree Apprentice
If you think you need better skills and need more work experience so that you’re ready to apply for your chosen apprenticeship – you could consider doing a traineeship.