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Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside knowledgeable staff
  • earn valuable experience
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

What is a supported apprenticeship?

Supported apprenticeships, like supported internships, are a structured study programme based primarily at an employers' premises although time is allocated to complete any relevant qualifications.

They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Supported apprenticeships are paid unlike internships, and last for a minimum of a year whilst they complete the relevant qualifications. 

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