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Getting paid while you learn might sound too good to be true but as an apprentice you really do get the best of both worlds. If you are keen to start working but don't want to stop studying then an apprenticeship could be for you.

Apprenticeships allow you to start working and earn a decent wage while learning the skills and gaining the qualifications that employers want. They are available at different levels, letting you choose the speed you wish to learn.

What qualifications do you achieve?

All apprenticeships lead to NVQ and key skills qualifications. Some apprenticeships also offer BTEC or City & Guilds certificates. Pay can vary, but all employed apprentices must receive a minimum of £95 per week.

An apprenticeship can also be a route into higher education for further qualifications. You don't even have to stop once you've completed an advanced apprenticeship. You can go on to do a foundation degree.

Length of apprenticeships

Most apprenticeships last between one and three years and there are different types of apprenticeships available. The apprenticeship which is right for you will depend on your experience and the opportunities in your area.

How to apply

To find out what apprenticeships are available in your area and how to apply, visit the Apprenticeships website.

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