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If you want to start your career and like the idea of earning a wage while you learn, an  Apprenticeship could be for you. You’ll get high quality training, a chance to develop skills and to gain qualifications while working.

There are many Apprenticeships available.  With some, you may be required to have GCSEs A* - C in subjects such as Maths, Science, Welsh and English.

There are different levels of apprenticeships and training available:

1. Engagement

If you’re not sure what sort of work you want to do  you can try out different jobs.  You do not need formal qualifications and training can last up to 10 weeks.  During this period you can get help with Key Skills and searching for jobs.  If you complete this course you can then move on to follow Traineeship Level 1 or a Foundation Apprenticeship.

2. Traineeship

You will go on a placement with an employer and will attend college or training centre for part as part of your working week.  You do not need formal qualifications to enter.  As part of the Traineeship you will get at least £50 training allowance per week.  Your aim is to work towards a level 1 qualification.  The training usually lasts 26 weeks and if you get your level 1 qualification it could lead to a Foundation Apprenticeship, an Apprenticeship or a job.

3. Foundation Apprenticeship

This is a course of up to 2 years that leads to an NVQ level 2.  The GCSE grades you need to enter vary depending on the work.  You may possibly have to sit an entrance test and be interviewed by an employer.  You will receive a training allowance or wage of at least £50 a week.  This can lead to an Apprenticeship or a job.

4. Apprenticeship

This training lasts up to three or four years, leading to an NVQ level 3.  You will usually need four of five GCSEs at Grade C or above.  You may have to sit an entrance test and be interviewed by the employer.  You will be paid a wage.  An apprenticeship can lead to a job or the option of studying for a HND, HNC or degree.

What is NVQ, HNDs and HNC?

HNCs (Higher National Certificates) and HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications. While bachelors degrees tend to focus on gaining knowledge, HNCs and HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put that knowledge to effective use in a particular job.

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification. This means you learn practical, work-related tasks designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to do a job effectively.

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