Ucas have produced a useful guide for apprentices, here are their top 10 things to know about apprenticeships

  1. An apprenticeship is a real job with training. Apprentices are given real responsibilities, expected to work hard, and are given a contract of employment, holiday, and sick pay – exactly the same as any other member of staff! They will also gain a qualification and valuable skills and experience.
  2. While working for an employer, apprentices also work towards a qualification. They are supported by a training provider (a university or college), that will help them achieve their qualification and make sure they complete their apprenticeship.
  3. An apprenticeship can take two to four years to complete and is usually made up of three parts – all completed on the job, online, or in a classroom.
  4. There are hundreds of new apprenticeships in a wide range of industries and job roles – much more than the traditional apprenticeships, like construction and engineering. Apprenticeships are available in many jobs where previously, the only route to those jobs was
    through full-time, traditional university study, such as nursing and becoming a solicitor.
  5. The majority of apprentices (around 90%) stay in employment. If they do change companies, it’s usually because they’re able to compete for a better job, perhaps with more pay or more responsibility.
  6. Degree apprenticeships offer the benefits of higher education with none of the cost. Tuition fees are paid for by the employer and the government, so apprentices will graduate debt-free, without having to pay fees. Apprentices will also earn a salary from day one, so they are actually getting paid to study.
  7. Degree apprenticeships are still quite new, so there is only a limited number of vacancies available at the moment. The number of vacancies is anticipated to grow over the next few years.
  8. Apprenticeships have changed considerably over the last few decades and higher and degree apprenticeships are now a credible alternative to traditional, full-time university courses.
  9. Universities and colleges offer their degree apprentices a strong student experience – apprentices are still able to access the students’ union, sports facilities,and student discounts.
  10. You can apply for degree and higher apprenticeships at the same time as applying to uni. Applications for apprenticeships are made directly to the employer, usually through their own online application. Details of how to apply will be given on each apprenticeship vacancy

You can download the full guide here: ucas-guide-to-apprenticeships