What can I expect to gain from an apprenticeship?

A great deal, provided you are prepared to work and study hard. As an apprentice, you work alongside experienced staff, building up knowledge, skills and responsibility, and gaining qualifications. Apprenticeships are also an excellent way of gaining general workplace experience, understanding how a business works, and improving your personal and social skills.

The employer pays your wages and gives you on-the-job training. You will also spend time with a learning provider, gaining key skills required in the general workplace and your specific sector (such as team-working, problem-solving, communication and the use of new technology). At the end, you will have a National Vocational Qualification (or a Scottish Vocational Qualification) and a technical certificate to show you understand the underpinning theory or knowledge relating to your profession.

And as a result of the skills, experience, qualifications and contacts you make, there should be a good chance of landing a job at the end of it, either at the employer where you did your apprenticeship or through support to find work elsewhere. Apprentices earn £100,000 more over the course of their career than other less qualified workers

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