Employers and Professional Bodies: Apprenticeships

Volunteers who sign up to Inspiring the Future who have experience of apprenticeships or routes into apprenticeships can add this as a specialism in their ‘My Profile’ page.  Already to date, thousands of volunteers have selected this, and there is huge demand from teachers to get apprentice volunteer specialists talking to young people about their job and the apprentice route.

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to gain qualifications and workplace experience whilst at the same time earning a wage. An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’ and most follow a standard format that comprises of:

  • A National Vocational Qualification
  • Key Transferable Skills
  • A Technical Certificate

Apprentices are usually employed by a business which will pay them at least the minimum wage and provide them with practical experience. Apprentices will also receive training that will provide them with the knowledge and skills required for the job. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject and occupation.

Apprenticeship Levels

  • There are three levels of Apprenticeships;
  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – (level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship – (level 3)
  • Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeship – (level 4 or above)

Types of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are available in all sectors and industries throughout England. There are more than 250 different types of Apprenticeships available offering 1,400 job roles in a wide range of sectors.

Apprentice Volunteers available to speak through Inspiring the Future

Inspiring the Future already has almost 6,000 of its 34,000 volunteers that are best placed to speak about Apprenticeships to young people across a range of sectors. Simply select ‘Apprenticeships’ under the specialisms heading when searching for volunteers to see Apprentice volunteers available in your area.

Download our free Apprenticeship information pack for volunteers.

Have a look at the videos below kindly supplied by our partner www.icould.com that could stimulate discussions before a volunteer through Inspiring the Future visits your school or college:

Apprentice – Auto Windscreens

Apprentice Project Manager – BT

Engineering Apprentice – MBDA

Materials and Process Engineering Apprentice – MBDA

Apprenticeship Fair with Boris Johnson

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships can be an excellent alternative for A-Level school leavers, who might want to choose a different route to traditional university study. Currently, there are 41 Higher Apprenticeships to choose from, and Apprenticeships at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level are becoming more popular.

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England. They are responsible for increasing the number of Apprenticeship opportunities and providing a dedicated, responsive service for both employers and learners. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice through Apprenticeship vacancies, an online system where employers can advertise their Apprenticeship.

Here is the video about NAS apprenticeships.