What Is An Apprenticeship?

What Is An Apprenticeship Article

Modern apprenticeships allow individuals to learn skills, knowledge, and competence in a real job role. They provide an opportunity for businesses to build a competent workforce and reduce the cost of recruitment and training by upskilling their existing employees.

Apprentices can earn as they learn and receive on-the-job training while studying for qualifications at the same time, allowing them to gain a wide range of skills and knowledge in their chosen area.

Apprenticeships lead to an industry recognised qualification, giving apprentices the opportunity to progress onto more advanced courses or into employment.

Who can get an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over 16 years old and no previous qualifications or experience are required. Apprenticeships are available across all industry sectors and in a variety of roles. They are regulated by government-approved standards, including apprenticeship frameworks, of which there are more than 150 at the moment.

The benefits of apprenticeships for employers

Employers benefit from access to upskilled employees while taking on motivated people who are eager to learn on the job.

The majority (80%) of apprentices are employed by the same company that trained them at the end of their course, meaning that companies benefit from having upskilled employees who can work on-site.

Three-quarters of apprentices stay longer than expected at their company after completing their Apprenticeships often through of a sense of loyalty.

In addition, businesses that provide apprenticeships also benefit from tax relief on training costs.

The benefits of apprenticeships for employees

Apprentices earn a wage throughout their programme, which is structured to help each apprentice learn on the job whilst working within a business. They can receive help with travel and childcare costs, as well as receive all the necessary training to complete their apprenticeship.

Get an industry recognised qualification

A modern apprenticeship is structured to ensure that you work toward nationally-recognised qualifications that businesses will look favourably upon when considering applications from apprentices for roles.

Exploring your career options

People who go through apprenticeships gain the same qualification as they would if they studied for a degree or other higher education qualification. Apprenticeships offer progression routes to further study, such as an HNC or Foundation degree, should they wish to continue their learning and development after completing their apprenticeship.

Increased job opportunities

Many apprenticeships also lead to job opportunities, either with the employer who trained them or other employers in the sector. An apprentice will stand out from others when applying for jobs because they not only have knowledge and skills related to their chosen role, but they’ve also learned these on the job with an employer.

Choosing an apprenticeship

There are many training providers out there who have opportunities for you to work as an apprentice. You can use the government’s online tool to find a suitable modern apprenticeship, visit companies’ own websites to see who is hiring, or get advice from your learning provider about what opportunities are available to become an apprentice.

Gain experience in the workplace

Signing up as an apprentice is a fantastic way of learning new skills and gaining hands on experience in the workplace. Apprenticeships are highly valued by the business community and can go on to have a great career in their chosen profession. Remember, it is your personal choice and the search for the right apprenticeship is important. Make sure you get the right support and guidance from your school or college, or from a careers adviser, before making your choice.

Apprenticeships in rail or construction

INFRA Skills is a Birmingham based training provider specialising in rail and construction training. They have a dedicated training area on-site alongside their training centre. They are NSAR Gold Award winners for the delivery of rail training, so you can be sure that you will receive the best guidance and training possible.


For further information about INFRA Skills, becoming an apprentice and the apprenticeships they can offer, call 0330 113 0004 or go to infraskills.co.uk/apprenticeships

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