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What is an apprenticeship? An apprenticeship is when you learn a skill, trade or craft while earning a wage. An apprenticeship will lead to a credited qualification. You can use this qualification to get a job, or continue with extra studying. Other ways to describe an apprenticeship: Learning on the job, Earn whilst you learn, Workplace learning, Work-based training.

Non-Apprenticeship Route

School GCSEs

Apprenticeship Route

School GCSEs Results Day

Results Day Sixth Form

Start Apprenticeship age 16

University Start Job age 22

Yes your career journey can be that quick with an apprenticeship!


Apprenticeship Advantage So what are the advantages of an apprenticeship for YOU?

Earning a wage

Learning a trade or craft

Experiencing real work

Becoming more employable

Gaining workplace skills

Head start in your chosen career

Achieving a qualification

Meeting new people

Creating ties with businesses/ trainer

Achieving a BIG CAREER! 4

What apprenticeship will suit you? Apprenticeships offer an umbrella of opportunities but where do you stand? Do you enjoy working with people? Social care Child care Retail Hairdressing Beauty / Nails

Do you enjoy travelling? Airlines Royal Navy Royal Air Force Cruise ships Travel/Tourism

Do you like technology? IT Gaming Engineering Food technology Mechanics

Are you the Outdoors type? Animal Care Horticulture Construction Sports Coaching Armed forces

Are you Creative? Marketing Graphic Design Fashion Music Chef

Do you prefer a cosy chair & desk? Accountancy Business Sales Admin Consultancy


About NCFE Passionate, dynamic and committed to changing lives through learning NCFE is an awarding organisation with a heart. NCFE designs, develops and certificates diverse nationally recognised qualifications which have benefitted over one million learners across the UK in the past 10 years. NCFE believes that education can help every individual to achieve their full potential. It’s what NCFE stands for and it’s why it’s here. That’s why NCFE offers a wide portfolio of qualifications including Apprenticeships, qualifications which support Study Programmes and Traineeships, fundable qualifications for adult learners, high quality distance learning models, VCerts for schools and much more. All qualifications are supported by NCFE’s exceptional customer service and unique, friendly approach. NCFE is a registered educational charity with a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. Responsive and innovative, NCFE is proud of its roots but also of its future – NCFE will stay ahead of the curve and will never stand still. Visit or call 0191 239 8000 for more information.


Why NCFE supports more young people becoming apprentices in the UK An Apprenticeship gives learners a unique opportunity to earn while they learn and gain a recognised qualification while notching up vital work experience. Recent research from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that one in 5 employers have former apprentices working in senior, board level positions and that graduates often find themselves earning less than those who complete an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are a high priority on Government agenda with the Prime Minister stating that he wants work-based training to sit “at the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy.” Forecasts suggest that apprentices could add up to £3.4bn a year in economic gains, helping us to build a highly skilled workforce that can thrive and compete. With all this in mind, NCFE is committed to supporting young people become apprentices and achieve their potential. NCFE offers a range of full Apprenticeships and related fundable qualifications at both Intermediate and Advanced Levels in a wide variety of sectors. For more information, please call 0191 211 3800, email or visit our website

What makes NCFE stand out? Choice Apprenticeship programmes come in all shapes and sizes. That’s why at NCFE we offer a range of Full Intermediate and part Apprenticeships, as well as Advanced Apprenticeships covering a variety of sectors. We also offer supporting qualifications providing you with the flexibility to create your own bespoke Progression to Apprenticeship package for your learners.

Support When it comes to learning there is no ‘one size fits all’ and it’s therefore essential that we embrace the wide variety of skills young people possess and find the right route for each individual, helping them to make the leap from education into the workplace. We offer a range of full and part Apprenticeships at both Intermediate and Advanced Levels across a range of sectors: •Health, Public Services and Care •Business, Administration and Law •Education and Training •Leisure, Travel and Tourism •Retail and Commercial Enterprise To support our fantastic Apprenticeship offer we have FREE Learning resources available to NCFE centres.

At your service Not only do we deliver exceptional programmes, we also provide a level of service that’s second to none. Our set of customer promises include: one day certification, answering every phone call in two rings, a dedicated Centre Support Assistant and online certification. Our entire service allows you to focus on your role and do what you’re good at, nurturing apprentices and shaping the next generation. Visit our website today to find out more or why not call our friendly team on 0191 211 3800 or email 7

Let’s clear this up! Common stereotypes about apprenticeships SQUASHED! Are these common stereotypes about apprenticeships True or False? Apprenticeships are for boys False Apprenticeships are for anyone who wishes to combine studying for a qualification with real paid work. Apprenticeships are always labouring and manual jobs False There are hundreds of different apprenticeships available across the UK. Yes, labouring and manual jobs are popular apprenticeships, but so are accounting, coaching, marketing, animal care, fashion, IT and so on… Apprentices get paid below the national minimum wage True Most apprentices do get paid below the national minimum wage. However, this is balanced by the fact that apprentices are learning and receiving a valuable education that will lead to a qualification. Remember, you don’t get paid while studying for a degree, A-Levels or GCSEs! We think apprentices have a fair deal. People who fail their exams do apprenticeships False Most apprenticeship courses have a minimum entry level where applicants have to meet a grade criteria before being accepted. Yes, it is true that some students that haven’t got five GCSEs in maths and English can still enter onto an apprenticeship, but they will have to study functional skills as part of the course. Smart people don’t do apprenticeships, they go to uni False Apprentices are from all academic backgrounds and abilities. In fact, several young people are choosing an apprenticeship over going university due to the rising fees and high levels of graduate unemployment. 8

You can’t become a doctor without a degree True Becoming a doctor, along with some other professions, still requires a degree. However, the education and job marketing is changing at rapid speed, so watch this space! The best companies want graduates with degrees False Barclays, Bentley, L’Oreal, Nestle, BMW, IBM, BP, Google, Audi, Accenture…. all recruit both graduates AND school leavers, without degrees An apprenticeship doesn’t guarantee a job True An apprentice is not guaranteed a job with the company they have trained with. However, unlike most graduates they will be finishing the apprenticeship with a qualification AND real work experience AND skills.

The Nitty Gritty Of Apprenticeships

PAY The minimum wage for apprentices is £2.68 per hour AGE 16 and upwards SITUATION Not in full time education or employment GENDER Apprenticeships are open to everyone- boys and girls! DURATION Usually one to four years depending on what you study and the level of the apprenticeship START DATE Apprenticeships start all-year-round QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED GCSEs - some higher apprenticeships require two or more A-Levels HOURS Usually normal working hours such as 9am-5pm. You might spend one day a week in college or a training centre LOCATION Apprenticeships are available across the country: North, East, South and West 9

Famous Apprentices Did you know they were all apprentices?

Sir Alex Ferguson Football Manager

Sir James Dyson Inventor

Stella English Businesswoman/TV personality

Ozzy Osborne Rock Star

Elvis Presley Singer

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Gordon Ramsay Chef

Rebecca Adlington Olympic Swimmer

NCFE Apprenticeships. NCFE’s Apprenticeship programmes are designed to help you build the skills and practical experience you’ll need to achieve your potential. We offer a wide range of nationally recognised programmes so you’ll be sure to find an Apprenticeship that’s perfect for you. Find out more about NCFE Apprenticeships at

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Frequently asked questions and answers! 1) Who will pay my wages?

Your employer will pay your wages directly to you. You will be paid the national minimum wage for apprentices (depending on your age) or higher.

2) Do I have to pay for my training on the apprenticeship?

16-18s do not have to pay for their training as this is covered by the National Apprenticeship Service. Apprentices aged 19-23 might have to pay half of their training fees. Those aged 24+ are likely to pay all of their training fees. Loans are available to help cover the costs to learners.

3) Can I do more than 1 apprenticeship? No, you can only do one apprenticeship.

4) Are Graduates accepted onto apprenticeships?

Yes graduates can do an apprenticeship. However they or their employer will have to pay the full training costs- including if they are aged under 24 years.

5) Where can I find apprenticeship vacancies?

Vacancies can be found on the Big Careers website, the National Apprenticeship Service website, your local college or your local Job Centre.

6) When do I need to apply?

Apprenticeships start at different dates throughout the year. Some companies have a set entry date where they recruit all apprentices. Others will recruit throughout the year. Keep a close eye on employer’s websites for updates.

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