Apprenticeships and traineeships


What is a traineeship?

If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, but want to work with an employer to develop your skills and gain experience, a traineeship could be for you. 

A traineeship will help you get the skills that you need to do well in work and it will help prepare you for an Apprenticeship.

A traineeship can last up to six months and will include:

  • Work experience
  • Help to get ready for work
  • Help to apply for jobs and apprenticeships
  • Support to improve your English and maths.

Unfortunately not many traineeships are offered in Norfolk. 

If you are interested in traineeships in Norfolk, keep looking on Help You Choose in the Apprenticeships, Jobs and Training section.

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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job - a paid job.

You work for an employer, learning skills and knowledge and usually spend a day each week with a college or a training provider to get the qualifications you need for the job.  

Here are the facts:

  • You work for an employer doing a real job
  • You get trained by a training provider
  • You get qualifications for the job and experience of going the job
  • You are paid
  • You learn the skills that employers really want for example,
    • Learning to talk to people
    • Learning to work as part of a team and
    • Learning how to solve problems
  • Apprenticeships usually take between one and four years to finish depending on the level of apprenticeship and what apprenticeship you are doing
  • The minimum wage you will receive from October 2016 is £3.40 per hour, but many of you will earn more than this.

There are two levels of Apprenticeship for 16 year-olds

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships (Level 2)

  • You work to get Level 2 qualifications that are important for your job
  • You study maths and English and learn technical knowledge
  • You are employed and paid for at least 30 hours a week for a minimum of one year
  • It can lead to a high level job or an Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3)

  • You work to get Level 3 qualifications that are important for your job
  • You will be asked to do more difficult tasks
  • You are employed and paid for at least 30 hours a week
  • You study maths and English and learn further technical skills
  • An Advanced Level Apprenticeship can lead to professional qualifications or possibly a Higher Level Apprenticeship or Degree Level Apprenticeship and can also be a way into higher education 

Apprenticeships at 18+

Higher Level Apprenticeships

Higher level Apprenticeships are available in areas such as accountancy, law, engineering, IT, business management, care and enterprise.

You will study for a relevant professional qualification such as a Higher National Certificate or Diploma or a Foundation Degree.

Degree Level Apprenticeships

A degree level Apprenticeship makes it possible for you to achieve a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree whilst working full-time.

They tend to last up to four years and are a way of getting a degree without getting into student debt.

They are available in a growing number of sectors including digital, engineering, chartered surveying, laboratory science, nuclear and public relations and more.

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