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Congratulations! You have signed up for an apprenticeship, which is a great way to learn new skills, gain work experience, and earn a qualification.

But what does it mean to be an apprentice, and what will you need to do to succeed?

This webpage will give you an overview of what an apprenticeship is, what to expect, your commitment, reasons to do an apprenticeship, the benefits, and why some people fail.

By reading this page, you will have a better understanding of what is in store for you as an apprentice.

The end of the page will take you to your next steps!

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way of working and learning at the same time. You will have a paid job with an employer and a contract of employment and holiday leave. You will also study for a qualification that matches your job and helps you develop your career.

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on the level, and your prior experience. A NowSkills apprenticeship can range from 15-18 months. The government and your employer will share the cost of your training, meaning you have no student fees.

Top 5 reasons to complete an apprenticeship:

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You will gain the right skills and experience in your chosen sector, which will improve your CV and employability.

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You will learn while you earn a salary and enjoy on-the-job training.

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You will receive guidance and support from your colleagues, employer, and mentor or tutor.

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You will achieve a professional qualification that is tailored to the needs of the employer and the industry.

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You will have a competitive edge in the job market, as employers value candidates with both qualifications and experience.

What to expect

+ You will have a real job with training. You will be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay. You will work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills. You will also get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

+ You will receive guidance and support from your colleagues, employer, mentor, or tutor. They will help you set targets, give you feedback, and assist you with any challenges you may face. They will ensure your apprenticeship is going to plan for both you and your employer

+ You will show commitment to your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships can take between 15-18 months to complete, depending on the level. You will need to follow the terms and conditions of your employment contract, attend your training sessions regularly, complete your assignments on time, and keep a record of your progress and achievements 

+  You will complete coursework, make portfolios, take exams, and attend online training sessions. This will vary depending on which apprenticeship course you complete

Your commitment

As an apprentice, you have a commitment to your employer, your training provider, and yourself. This can include:

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Progression Routes

After completing an apprenticeship, you have various options to progress your career and education. Depending on your interests, abilities, and goals, you can choose from the following progression routes (and much more, the opportunities are endless):

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Employment: You can continue working with your current employer, or look for a new job in your sector or a related one. You will have gained valuable skills and experience that will make you more employable and productive.

Promotion: You may also be eligible for a promotion or a pay rise in recognition of your achievements.

Further or higher education: You can apply for a further or higher education course, such as a diploma, certificate, degree, or postgraduate qualification. You will need to check the entry requirements and the funding options for the course you are interested in. Some courses may accept your apprenticeship qualification as equivalent to A levels or other qualifications. Some universities and colleges may also offer discounts or bursaries for former apprentices.

Managerial Roles: Upon completion of your course, you could apply for managerial roles, or be promoted by your current employer to a higher job title.

Whatever progression route you choose, you will receive guidance from your Tutor, we are here every step of the way and want you to achieve great things! 

Why some people fail

Bad attitude

Not completing course work

Poor punctuality

Lack of organisation/commitment

 To prevent this, it is important that you are aware of what is expected from you to complete your apprenticeship. It takes interest, enthusiasm, and dedication to achieve success. NowSkills apprenticeships are a perfect way to get your foot in the door to amazing career opportunities. So make sure you are ready! 

Now what? 

You have learned all the necessary information about apprenticeships, such as what they are, what to expect, your commitment, reasons to do them, the benefits, and why some people fail. If you have decided that this is the right option for you, you can proceed to our next steps page.

There, you will find out how to complete your application pack, how to prepare for an interview, and have access to all of our helpful recourses.

We hope you are excited and ready to start your apprenticeship journey!