You may decide to begin an apprenticeship at the end of Year 11, 12 or 13. An apprenticeship is paid work with training (and a qualification) in a particular vocational area. Apprenticeships can be organised in a variety of ways including:
Four days in the workplace and one day training at a college. All five days at the work place with the training and assessment built into the programme.
Most apprenticeships pay around £100 per week while you are training but some, particularly Higher apprenticeships, can pay significantly more.
Apprenticeships are very competitive so you must be prepared to research to find the right opportunity. You should start by registering on the National Apprenticeship website at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk. This site contains lots of basic information like the types of apprenticeships available and details on current vacancies.
Also, go to www.careersbox.co.uk and click on the Careers mail tab to register and receive a monthly update of excellent apprenticeship opportunities available. For apprenticeships in all aspects of Financial services (including Banking, Accoutancy, Insurance etc) please go to www.directions.co.ukand again, register to receive monthly updates relating to financial services.
www.careermap.co.uk is an interesting site that informs you of local apprenticeships in a wide range of categories by typing in your post code. In addtion have a look on www.paidtolearn.co.uk
Some FE colleges are becoming increasingly involved in organising and delivering apprenticeships and we are developing close links with these local training providers (some of whom provide free ‘taster’ sessions):
Choice Training Limited in Wantz Road Dagenham – Wantz Road, Dagenham RM10 8PS