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Recently, there has been a push by the Government to encourage young people to consider more work-based career training as an alternative to higher education and gaining an extra qualification. This type of combined work and learning typically comes in the form of apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are employment-based, vocational training programmes through which anyone over the age of 16 who is not in full-time education can learn essential job skills while earning a wage and working towards a nationally recognised qualification. Training is split between theory and actual work.
There are around 200 types of apprenticeships and over 1000 job roles within the following sectors:
Apprenticeship schemes are offered by over 100,000 employers in over 150,000 locations across the UK.
The National Minimum Wage for apprentices under 19 years old and in their first year of training currently stands at £2.60 per hour, although it is not uncommon for employers to pay more. The average weekly earnings for apprentices are now around £170, with some employers paying over £200.
Apprentices who have already completed over a year of training or are older than 19 years should earn at least the relevant National Minimum Wage, which is currently £4.98 per hour.
The same rules surrounding sick pay, time off and maternity leave apply to apprentices just as they apply to ‘regular employees’. Similarly, apprentices must also pay tax and National Insurance contributions on their earnings.
For more information, please visit:Apprenticeships
The Welsh Government has created an apprenticeship scheme which offers people over the age of 16 the opportunity to receive training and learn valuable skills whilst working within an organisation. The aim is to benefit and prepare young people for working life, but the benefits can be reaped by both parties – young individuals gain qualifications and gain experience in an industry of their choice, while the business will also get eager, motivated and well-trained staff members.
Find Yourself an Apprenticeship: Register your details on the Welsh Career Page to start searching for your perfect apprenticeship match.
Are you looking for an apprenticeship or work placement? If so, Careers 4 Students is a great place to start. They specialise in providing students with apprenticeships and work placement opportunities throughout the UK. You can browse by Industry and Job Role to make it easier to find your ideal apprenticeship or work placement.