As an apprentice you can earn a salary whilst studying for a nationally recognised qualification and getting 'on the job' training. It's a way to gain experience, strengthen your CV and build your career.
There is a wide range of apprenticeships available to suit every skill and passion, and the training provider will offer support for any additional needs. It's a different way of learning compared to college or university, and you have the opportunity to get a qualification that will be valued by potential employers.
You can find out more about apprenticeships via Amazing Apprenticeships and search for vacancies using the Find an Apprenticeship website or become an apprentice at Surrey.
Levels and wages
Apprenticeships are available at different levels from level 2 (intermediate) to level 7 (degree level) and have different entry requirements depending on the apprenticeship and industry sector.
Apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage, but many employers pay more than this. There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you're in. You can find more information on wages on the government website Become an apprentice - What you'll get.
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Participating in a traineeship allows you to develop your skills and gain qualifications (including English and maths for those who need it) whilst benefitting from high quality work experience.
They can last from 6 weeks to 6 months and are an ideal stepping stone to an apprenticeship. The work experience placement is not paid, but the costs of travel and meals might be supported by the training provider or employer.
Young people with SEND may be eligible for support from a job coach for the duration of their traineeship. Job coaches provide on the job support to ensure that the young person is settled and comfortable in their role and can help with things like communication, understanding of tasks and resolving any issues that may arise.
You can find out more about traineeships and search live vacancies within Surrey via the Find a Traineeship Service website.
Supported internships help young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) aged 16-25 to achieve sustainable, paid employment.
The personalised programme allows the young person to learn in the workplace whilst also having the chance to study for relevant qualifications, if suitable, at an appropriate level.
The internship normally lasts for a year and includes at least six months of unpaid work experience. Although similar to a traineeship or apprenticeship, this type of programme is tailored to those who would require a higher level of support, such as a job coach.
For more information about supported internships in Surrey visit Surrey's Local Offer.