During an apprenticeship, you're employed to complete a real job whilst studying for a formal qualification. This usually comprises of 4 days at work to 1 day of studying or training at a college or training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.
You will be paid as you complete your apprenticeship, which gives you an opportunity to earn as you Learn. Apprenticeships are good to give you real experience of a work place and the skills needed within them however, you need to be prepared that you will be expected to act and behave in the same manner as full time employees and be ready for the expectations this will bring.
Apprenticeships can again be offered at either Level 2 or Level 3 subject to your experience and current level of qualifications. Some colleges will offer apprenticeship courses but generally apprenticeships are down to you to find.
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