All about apprenticeships!

Hi, I’m Emma, a Level 3 Business Admin Apprentice with Worcestershire County Council. I work in both the Careers Worcestershire Hub team and the Multiply project (which is a project that gives people the opportunity to gain functional maths skills).

When you come into the Hub for appointments, I’m often one of the friendly-looking (hopefully) faces that greet you!

At first, I thought an apprenticeship would be a step back as I’ve already graduated from uni, but I’m still learning new skills!

So, what is an apprenticeship?

“Earn while you learn”

If you’ve never heard of this phrase before, an apprenticeship is both a job and a learning programme. An apprenticeship allows you to earn money whilst also gaining a new qualification.

Around 20% of an apprenticeship is classroom-based learning, which can work out to around one day a week.

These sessions involve learning about all things linked to your job role! 

Anyone can be an apprentice!

A common misconception about apprenticeships is they are only for college leavers – this isn’t true. Anyone of any age and ability can be an apprentice!

There are different levels of apprenticeship:

  • Level 2, which is equivalent to GCSEs.
  • Advanced level 3, which is equivalent to A-level learning.
  • Higher levels 4-7, which are comparable to foundation degrees and above.

Interested in an apprenticeship as well as getting £500?

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Worcestershire Apprenticeships are now offering a £500 bursary to anyone eligible who signs up for a WA Account to submit an expression of interest. (I wish this opportunity was available to me when I was looking for an apprenticeship!)

The WA Bursary can be used towards the cost of your apprenticeship, such as clothing, travel, tools, and equipment needed to complete your apprenticeship.

To find out how to create your WA Account, as well as the eligibility criteria for receiving this funding, click here to visit the Worcestershire Apprenticeships website.

Apprenticeships not right for you?

If you don’t have the confidence to take on an apprenticeship yet, a traineeship could be the solution!

Traineeships are short programmes focused on improving skills. Although traineeships are unpaid, you gain work experience and training that will look great on your CV! This can help boost your confidence when looking at jobs or further training opportunities. 

For more information, click here to find out more about traineeships.

Or, if you have an ECH Plan, you could opt for a supported internship, which is similar to a traineeship by supporting you with developing confidence and valuable skills for the workplace.

For more information on supported internships, click here to visit our Skills4Worcestershire webpage!

Fancy a chat?

If you’re aged 15-24 and have any questions about apprenticeships or just about jobs in general, pop into the Hub and have a chat with us! Click here to go to our booking page.

Kerry from Worcestershire Apprenticeships often pops into the Hub to talk all things apprenticeship! There are lots of amazing apprenticeship opportunities across Worcestershire.

If you’re interested in booking an appointment, click here to find out when Kerry’s next in!

 – Emma