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Apprenticeships are work-based programmes that combine practical training with study. Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, Apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old, whether you are just leaving school, seeking to start a new career or are moving into a new role with your existing employer that requires new skills.
While you are on an Apprenticeship, your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training. The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £2.65 per hour. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.
There may be different entry requirements depending on the Apprenticeship and the industry sector. However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.
Apprenticeships are available in all sectors and industries, covering hundreds of careers. To view all of the Apprenticeships available from the North Tyneside Apprenticeship partnership, visit our Apprenticeships page.
An Apprenticeship can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship.
You can apply at any time of year. When you begin the work-based training depends upon the availability of a position at an employer.