What is Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a structured training program that combines hands-on learning with formal instruction to prepare individuals for a specific trade, craft, or profession. Apprentices work under the guidance of experienced mentors or professionals, gaining practical skills and knowledge directly relevant to their chosen field. This approach allows apprentices to develop proficiency in real-world settings while also receiving theoretical education through classes or workshops. Typically paid for their work, apprenticeships offer a pathway to acquiring valuable skills, industry-recognized credentials, and entry into various sectors such as construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology. Through apprenticeships, individuals can embark on fulfilling career paths while contributing to the workforce with practical expertise and proficiency.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible to become an apprentice, applicants must:

  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • Currently live in the UK and have been a resident of the EU for the past 3 years.
  • Be in employment for a minimum of 16 hours per week in a role relevant to the programme they wish to undertake.

Duration of Apprenticeship

The duration of an apprenticeship program varies depending on factors such as the industry, the complexity of the trade or profession, and the specific requirements set by employers or regulatory bodies. Generally, apprenticeships can last anywhere from one to two years, with the length determined by the skills and knowledge needed to master the trade.

How much does it cost?

Apprenticeships are funded by the government or employer, which means there is no direct cost to the apprentice for undertaking this training.