Now there is a real alternative to traditional university study. With the growth of higher and degree apprenticeships, you can gain your qualification, learn professional skills, progress your career plus earn a wage, want to find out more?
With a degree apprenticeship you can achieve a full Bachelors or Masters degree and just like traditional degrees, an apprenticeship is a great route to a great career.
If you are over 16, live in England and are not in full time education you can apply for an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available in intermediate (level 2/ GCSE 9-4 grade), advanced (level 3/ 2 A-levels), higher (level 4-5/ Foundation degree/ Higher Level Diploma) and degree levels (level 6/ Batchelor and level 7/ Masters).
All apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage and many employers pay significantly more. Apprentices should work enough hours each week so they can undertake sufficient, regular training and on the job activity. Look at the become an apprentice pages on GOV.UK for further information. The entry requirements depend on your chosen sector and prior skills. If you have achieved A Levels you may still be expected to start at intermediate or advanced level as some sectors, such as engineering require you to build up your occupational skills.
How are they structured?
Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 - 7. They combine work with study and may include work based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Level 4 and 5 are equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/ Diploma or a foundation degree, level 6 is a equivalent to Bachelors degree and level 7 is equivalent to a Masters degree.Typically higher apprentices study part time at college, university, or with a training provider. Apprenticeships take between one to five years to complete.
How do you find a higher or degree apprenticeship?
Over 240,000 workplaces employ apprentices including ITV, BBC, Rolls Royce, Barclays, BT and many more. With so many opportunities on offer you can find the apprenticeship that is right for you.
Applying for an apprenticeship is easy, just visit www.GOV.UK/apply-apprenticeship. There are up to 28,000 apprenticeship opportunities advertised on the website at any one time.
You can also find apprenticeship vacancies on the Apprenticeships Suffolk Twitter page at @appsinsuffolk and on Icanbea.