Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. They can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on their level. As an apprentice you will be working at least 30 hours per week and will receive pay at National Minimum Wage appropriate to apprenticeships which will include paid holidays. You will be studying for a national qualification either in your place of work or classroom based, this can be for one day a week or perhaps on a block release basis.
Levels of apprenticeship
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:
Equivalent educational level
5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
2 A level passes
4, 5, 6 and 7
Foundation degree and above
6 and 7
Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Who can apply?
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
16 or over
not in full-time education
living in England.
What is good about an apprenticeship?
you will work alongside experienced staff
you gain job-specific skills
you earn a wage and get holiday pay
you study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
you’re not left with large ‘uni’ debts when you have completed the course.
A supported internship is a study programme that includes an unpaid work experience offered by a local employer which will last between 6 and 12 months. It is for you if you are aged 16 to 24 years old with an education, health and care plan and want to move into employment but need extra support to do so.
There are no entry or completion requirements, and each learning provider will work with you to develop a personalised programme that meets your needs and provides progression.
Although similar in aims to a traineeship or apprenticeship, supported internships differ in certain ways. On a supported internship you are expected to require a higher level of support than a trainee or apprentice, and will be offered work-place support in form of a job coach, as well as support for your non-work place learning.
The aim of the supported internship is to prepare you for paid employment.
What is good about a supported internship?
it supports you to develop the skills valued by employers
it enables you to demonstrate your value in the work place
you develop confidence in your own abilities to perform successfully at work
you can build up experience for a CV, demonstrating that you have the skills and willingness to work
it can help to change the perception of employers about employing people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
it can help to change the perception of your family – proving that you can work
you can improve your skills in English and maths, enabling you to be better prepared for work, including handling money, interacting with the public and practising interview skills
you can learn to become an independent traveller.
What is bad about a supported internship?
there is no pay
you cannot be on Job Seekers Allowance while part of an internship programme.
Where will I go to find a supported internship?
A supported internship would normally be associated with further education training colleges:
A traineeship is a training course with work experience that gets you ready for work or for an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months. Its aim is to provide work preparation, English and maths training for those that need it and a work experience.
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