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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a job with training which gives you the ability to earn money while you learn and achieve nationally recognised qualifications. You will develop the skills that are key to your employer’s business. You may already be in a job and have been recently promoted, new to your role, want to train towards a promotion or you may be looking for an Apprenticeship opportunity in your local area.

Apprenticeships provide you with a contract of employment with your employer and will be working for at least 30 hours a week. In some circumstances, you may be able to do an Apprenticeship on a part-time basis, particularly if you have caring commitments or a health condition that limits the hours that you can work each week.

There are various levels of Apprenticeships. At Acorn Training, we can support you with achieving your Intermediate, Advanced or Higher level Apprenticeship. Your Apprenticeship will last between 1-3 years depending on the level and standard that you are working towards. Once you have completed your programme, you may be able to progress to another Apprenticeship, a college course or university degree.

You can start an Apprenticeship at any time, and we will work with your employer to make sure this is the best time for you and them. There are different entry requirements and we will explain these to you and your employer. They depend on your job, which sector you work in and which Apprenticeship you are interested in doing.

At the end of your Apprenticeship you will receive a certificate for the standards you have been working towards. This may also include additional nationally recognised qualifications. You can also work towards functional skills in English, maths and ICT if you haven’t already achieved a Grade 4 (GCSE grade C) or above in these areas.

Whilst undertaking your apprenticeship, you may still be entitled to Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, making you significantly better off doing an Apprenticeship. For more information, on in work benefits, contact us for a ‘Better Off in Work Calculation’.

To view our current Apprenticeship Vacancies, please click here.

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