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It can be hard to know where to start when thinking about your career. Our partners offer a range of resources to help you explore your options and get started.
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WhiteHat is on a mission to create a diverse group of future leaders by building an outstanding alternative to university through apprenticeships.
WhiteHat focuses on three core areas: giving employers a framework for measuring potential outside of academics and work experience through their platform; bringing incredible content from around the world into applied learning programmes; growing an apprentice community to enable young people to build social capital and strong professional networks.
Kickstart your career today – sign up to WhiteHat.
Movement to Work
Movement to Work help you take the leap from school to the workplace. Want to keeping learning from home? Join Movement to Work’s employability skills training.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for under-25s.
Get started by having a look at their website covering topics from Mental Health to Sex & Relationships to Work & Study. Have a browse here.
If you’re having a hard time with your mental health, remember you’re not alone. Find support for the challenges you’re facing here.
Young Minds is a mental health charity especially for young people. They’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
If your mental health has taken a dip, you’re not alone. Get support for the challenges you’re facing, here.
Visit the Coronavirus Support Hub here for some top advice and guidance to help you develop your confidence and skills, as you explore your next steps for finding a job or becoming self-employed.
Apprentice Talks Podcast
Apprentice Talks is an educational podcast made to educate, inform and give insight into what it’s really like to be an Apprentice and juggle multiple worlds. Whether that is just juggling work and study, or whether you have hobbies and social events to juggle too. Formed of four degree-level apprentices, all at different stages in their programme, who recognised that there is a lack of balanced advice and guidance from current apprentices for prospective apprentices.
Looking for the basic info? Read how apprenticeships work here.
WHAT’S AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprenticeships are a form of education, much like university, sixth form and college but with a twist. Rather than being in full-time education, you’re in part-time and you get paid to earn whilst you learn. At Apprentice Nation it’s all about landing a career you love, and with an apprenticeship that becomes so much easier. You’ll get the chance to get experience in a field that you care about and also finish the course with a useful qualification in that field. Though we don’t offer apprenticeships ourselves, our partners BT and WhiteHat do.
WHAT WILL I EARN AS AN APPRENTICE?
The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. In fact, some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week. However, more than just earning a salary, you will receive training in the skills employers want, increasing your future earning potential. Apprentices receive marked salary increases on completion of their training and the roles often offer great opportunities for career progression. —– In an apprenticeship, your wage varies depending on different factors, but there is also a national minimum wage for apprenticeships. This is £3.90 per hour. If you’re under 19 or in your first year of your apprentice then this is the bare minimum that you can be paid. Beyond that, you will be able to earn the national minimum wage for your given age. From April 2019 this consists of: -£4.35 (per hour) if you’re under 18 -£6.15 (per hour) if you’re 18 – 20 -£7.70 (per hour) if you’re 21-24 -£8.21 (per hour) if you’re 25 or over However, you’re not limited to the low end of potential salaries. The weekly wage average wage for apprentices is £200 but many large organisations will also offer higher salaries in their higher apprenticeships that can bounce that up from £300 – £500. One example would be BT, who offer a starting salary of £16,179 per year, plus an additional allowance if you live in London (£3,380 or £1,670). Other companies can also pay up to £23,000 per year. To add to that, taking on an apprenticeship is absolutely free so you don’t have to worry about paying tuition fees. All of your training on an apprenticeship scheme will be covered by your employer. You’ll still pay tax and national insurance, but the national apprenticeship service will cover your tuition fees if you are between 16 and 24.
WHAT CAN I STUDY AS AN APPRENTICE?
From business to film, law and retail; apprenticeships don’t limit your potential pathways. A quick google search can point you in the direction of different apprenticeship providers for your chosen industry. Which in some cases may make it easier for you to proceed in your career, due to getting experience in the skills you need to be successful.
ISN’T UNIVERSITY A BETTER OPTION?
While it is widely acknowledged that full-time education, such as college, sixth form or university is a proven route into employment, this route does not always offer the valuable work experience that an Apprenticeship can offer and there’s still no guarantee of a job at the end. Apprenticeships allow you to earn while you learn, and give you the opportunity to develop the skills employers really want, including specific skills relating to your job, their company and your sector.
HOW DO YOU GET INTO AN APPRENTICESHIP?
To start you have to at least be 16 years old, living in England and not currently in full-time education. You’ll also need to have certain qualifications depending on which level you apply for. This could be GCSEs at grade C/level 4 + in English and Maths or an advanced apprenticeship/ A levels or NVQ level 3. Next, you need to look for an apprenticeship in the industry you’d like to work in and apply. You can do this by visiting various websites that offer or hold directories of apprenticeships.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE?
If you are aged 16 or over and not in full time education, then you are eligible to start an Apprenticeship. You can also apply for a position if you will be 16 at the commencement of the scheme.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRAINEESHIP AND AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Traineeships are aimed at giving 16-24 year-olds the opportunity to develop the skills they need to find, and succeed in, employment or progress onto an Apprenticeship. They are comprised of three main elements to prepare you for an Apprenticeship, including English and Maths, work preparation skills and a practical work placement with a local employer. Traineeships are unpaid (however travel expenses and costs of meals may be reimbursed) and should be viewed as a stepping stone into work. They can last anywhere between six weeks and six months. Apprenticeships are designed to enable an individual to progress within a business over a longer period of time whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. An Apprenticeship is a career, not just a job. Apprenticeships are for those aged 16 or over who are not in full time education and can last anywhere between one and five years.
WHAT IF I’VE ALREADY BEEN TO UNIVERSITY?
Apprenticeships offer degree and master’s degree level apprenticeships (level 6 & level 7) which allow you to progress your career past university with work and studies merged into one program.
I’VE FOUND AN APPRENTICESHIP. WHAT’S NEXT?
Once you’ve found an apprenticeship that’s right for you, with potential pay that you’re happy with you can continue to send your application. To help you to succeed you can have a look at some CV tips by Not Going To Uni and if you’re in need of some interview tips then you can check out this blog by Careermap. When you’ve started your apprenticeship there are even discounts on offer for you with an NUS card that can get you Amazon Prime student membership and an Apprentice Oyster photocard.
Want to get active and build your skills? Our partners offer a huge range of exciting workshops, events and volunteering opportunities. Get involved!
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BT: Skills for Tomorrow
BT have loads of events and webinars coming up. Whether you’d like to improve your digital skills or interview technique. Sign up for as many as you want here – they’re free!
Movement to Work
Looking for work experience to boost your CV? Movement to Work partner with employers to provide work placements that combine employability skills training with on-the-job experience.
Want to improve your mental health and wellbeing? And have impact on others at the same time? Get involved in events, volunteering, and up-skill workshops at The Mix. See what’s happening here.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for under-25s.
Career Ready is an incredible 360-degree experience, preparing you for the world of work. Including one-to-one mentoring, skills masterclasses, and work experiences, for students over 16 years old.
If you’re a student in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, register here.
If you’re in Scotland, register here.
On the Journal Project, we’re exploring the themes Purpose, Challenge and Goals, through creative writing, video editing, music-making and beyond.
Sign-ups to the Journal Project have now closed, but stay tuned to see what incredible work the group produces, and to join future Projects.
Are you getting creative? Want to showcase your skills to future employers?
We’d love to see what you produce! Whether it’s a video, blogpost, music or anything else, show us your work by tagging #ANJournalProject and @ApprenticeNationUK on Instagram, or @AppNationUK on Twitter.
Ready to start applying? Whether you’re looking for apprenticeships, internships or any other job, here are the best jobs out there for career starters like you.
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BT offer Level 3 and Level 6 Apprenticeships, from Digital to Sales to Engineering and much more. Visit their jobs board here for all apprenticeship opportunities.
WhiteHat matches the most talented young people to the best apprenticeships at some of the UK’s most exciting companies. By delivering training in partnership with world-class content providers, WhiteHat is creating an outstanding alternative to university via apprenticeships.
Check out all available roles to kickstart your career.
GetMyFirstJob offers you a whole new way to find Apprenticeships, Degree Apprenticeships, Work Experience and Graduate opportunities to get ahead. It’s not just a search tool – they’ll connect you with the Best Employers, Colleges & Providers and Universities to get you on the right track faster.
Wherever you are in the UK, whatever qualifications you’ve got, and whichever industry you’re looking to enter – find an apprenticeship on the UK Government Apprenticeships jobs board.
In November 2020 the government will be launching their Kickstart Scheme, which will offer any young person between 16-24 years old the opportunity to gain a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the government. It is open to anyone who is currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Not Going To Uni
Not Going to Uni is the UK’s leading website for school and college leavers! Visit their jobs board here.
Wherever you are in the UK. Whatever industry you’re look to enter. Visit the Career Map jobs board here.