What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • learn and train for a specific job
  • get paid and receive holiday leave
  • get hands-on experience in a real job
  • study for at least 20% of your working hours – usually at a college, university or with a training provider
  • complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • be on a career path with lots of future potential

How do you find an apprenticeship?

By setting up an account you will be able to:

  • Search and apply for the full range of apprenticeships available in your area
  • Save your searches and set up alerts
  • Apply on-line for jobs that interest you

Alternatively, you can also register with the Leicester Employment Hub where you can find help getting ready for an apprenticeship, find information about Hub events and register for updates of the latest apprenticeships in your area.

*Please note, for students wishing to apply for an apprenticeship, due to the application process being so late in the year and the high demand, we recommend that students also apply to college so they have a secure plan in place.

Apprenticeships Parents’ and Carers’ Packs

The below resources have been tailored for parents, guardians and carers to help them support young people in making informed career choices.

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