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National Apprenticeship Week: What is an apprenticeship?

By aspiration | 07 Feb 2022 | Category: Awards
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This year, the 7th to 13th of February is National Apprenticeship Week. The theme this year is ‘Build the Future’, looking at how apprenticeships help people develop their skills and knowledge to earn a successful career and how they help businesses to build a talented workforce that is trained with skills ready for the future of their company. The week brings corporations and apprentices throughout the nation to bring a spotlight to the effective impact that apprenticeships have been making on individuals, corporations, and the broader economic system. 

Peter Mucklow, Director of Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency said:

National Apprenticeship Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the many benefits that apprenticeships bring to employers, individuals, and the wider economy.

Get in touch with Aspiration Training to find out about our apprenticeships.

So, what is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst having on the job training. On an apprenticeship, you’re employed to do a real job while studying your qualification -usually for one day a week either at a college, university, or training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress to the next apprenticeship level.

There are four different levels of apprenticeship:

Intermediate – equivalent to five good GCSE passes.

Advanced – equivalent to two A-level passes.

Higher – equivalent to the first stages of higher education, such as a foundation degree.

Degree – comparable to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

  • Earn while you learn – An apprenticeship usually starts on a very basic wage. However, 90% of apprentices are kept on by their employers after completing their course, and nearly one-quarter of apprentices are promoted within 12 months of finishing.
  • Gain independence and respect – Working for a professional company teaches you to take responsibility for your actions, how to behave in a working environment and how to be independent in your tasks.
  • Gain real work experience – Apprenticeships make transitioning from school to work-life easier, with people to guide and help you along the way.
  • Improve your employability – Your apprenticeship will also make you more employable to future companies. They will see that you were able to commit to a full-time job whilst studying on the side. This shows responsibility and commitment.
  • Benefit from ongoing and personalised support – You will be assigned an assessor at the start of your apprenticeship who will set your work and targets and be there to guide you along your journey.

Take the step today and see how an apprenticeship could benefit your life! Check out our available apprenticeships here: https://app.aspirationtraining.com

If you have any enquiries head to this page where you will find more information and an enquiry form: https://bit.ly/35MNlw0

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