Become an apprentice
Anyone can be an apprentice. Apprenticeships are available as a vacancy that an employer is recruiting to fill or as an opportunity for an existing employee to learn new skills that will enhance their ability to do their current job or to take on a new role.
Find out more information on becoming an apprentice by reading our frequently asked questions.
What is an apprenticeship?
It’s important to understand that an apprenticeship is a real job, with a real employer. You will spend time working alongside other people and learn from their experience. There’s a myth that apprenticeships are just like work experience, where you’re given basic tasks or asked to make the tea, but this isn’t the case. Because it’s a proper job, you will also have a contract of employment, holiday and sick pay – exactly the same as any other member of staff.The employer will invest their time and money in helping you to gain qualifications and valuable new skills and experience. You will be given real responsibilities and expected to work hard, just like anyone else in the company.
How long does an apprenticeship last and what is the commitment?
You will also be supported by a training provider, who will help you achieve your qualifications and make sure you complete your apprenticeship. An apprenticeship typically takes 1 to 4 years to complete (sometimes up to 6 for some areas like Solicitor). You will work for at least 30 hours per week and this will include paid time to complete your studies.
A selection of the current apprenticeship vacancies in the Solent Area can be viewed on the Gov.uk website.