Why Become an Apprentice?

Apprenticeships are a job with training and are an excellent way to gain knowledge and valuable skills employers want.

You will attend college for a minimum of one day per week, this could be online learning or for practical skills training or a combination of both.

Following your apprenticeship you might continue working for your employer or go on to higher education in at a college or university. Many employers support the progression of apprentices from level 2 right up to degree level 7.

You’ll feel the rewards in your pocket too. You will earn a wage and have some of the same benefits as full time members of staff, including holiday pay. The cost of the training is covered by your employer or the government too, so no student loans required whilst studying as an apprentice.

Key benefits of being an apprentice include:

  • Earning a salary
  • Getting paid holidays
  • Receiving training
  • Gaining qualifications
  • Learning job-specific skills 

Earn While You Learn

Here's some important information about apprenticeship wages:

  • You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Click here for the latest details on the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice
  • This rate applies to apprentices under the age of 19, or apprentices over the age of 19 in the first year of their apprenticeship
  • You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you're an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year

If you'd like more information on this, visit the Gov.uk website by clicking this link.

Some more stats and facts

  • Apprenticeships are already proving to be a successful and viable option to university. This year more than 800,000 apprentices are earning and learning.
  • Since 2010, 1.8m young people have started an Apprenticeship across 170 industries.
  • Research has shown that 86% of those who did an apprenticeship stayed in work afterwards, 67% with the same employer.

Contact Us

To find out more information or to apply for an Apprenticeship, please call the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 5508 or email apprenticeships@eastdurham.ac.uk

Employers should also contact our Employer Engagement team on 0191 518 5508 or email apprenticeships@eastdurham.ac.uk

Any questions?

Please use the enquiry form below or call Student Services on 0191 518 8222 to discuss your options.

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