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Please note that this was copied directly from the Apprenticeships website, we do not own, nor did we create any of this content, all credit goes to http://www.apprenticeships.org.ukUp to 15,000 Apprenticeships vacancies in over 1,400 job roles will be available to students getting their exam results this summer, according to new data from the National Apprenticeship Service.
With 14 new frameworks having launched in 2012 already, Apprenticeships range from traditional subjects such as Nursing, IT, Horticulture and Electric Vehicle Engineering through to new industries such as Life Science, Fisheries Management, Legal Services and Health (Informatics).
Included in the vacancy numbers are new Higher Apprenticeships, which provide up to degree-level qualifications for apprentices and enable employers, colleges and universities to deliver the advanced skills most critical for growth.
Individuals benefit from doing an Apprenticeship because they ‘earn while they learn’, getting paid a wage; while also gaining official qualifications and work experience through being employed.
While the average gross weekly pay for apprentices in England is £200, London Economics calculated that the lifetime benefit of achieving a Level 2 Apprenticeship was extra earnings of between £48,000 and £74,000. The equivalent figure for a Level 3 Apprenticeship was between £77,000 and £117,000.
Sam Fairgrieve, from Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, who works for Jelson Homes, completed an Apprenticeship in Bricklaying whilst training towards an NVQ level 3 at Leicester College.
Sam Fairgrieve said: “I now manage a team of bricklayers building new homes. It’s hard work but it’s a good job with good money, and all thanks to the skills I learned as an apprentice. A couple of years later I was able to represent the UK in bricklaying at the WorldSkills competition in Calgary. My dream is to run my own business and one day I’m going to build my own home. Now I’ve got my Apprenticeship qualification I’m a lot closer to making it happen.”
Jaine Bolton, Chief Operating Officer, National Apprenticeship Service, said: “There has never been a better time to choose Apprenticeships. They lead to good careers with real progression and are available to people of all ages. In addition, the new Higher Apprenticeships also enable employers, colleges and universities to deliver the advanced skills most critical for growth.
“Encouraging more people to take up quality Apprenticeships is absolutely vital in equipping young people with the skills they need for the future – and the skills that Britain needs to grow.”
To search and apply for Apprenticeship job vacancies, visit the Apprentice section of the Apprenticeships website.
To see how Apprenticeships can transform lives, register to attend WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show, the UK’s biggest skills and careers event, which is taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 15-17 November. For more information about The Skills Show visit www.theskillsshow.com or call 0845 475 1500.
It is important for young people to have a range of different options and routes for studying and gaining skills and employment and to make the choice that’s right for them.
That’s why the National Careers Service is gearing up to advise young people across England about what learning options are available, how they lead to different jobs and what the job prospects are. The service is available online and over the telephone for everyone age 13 and over.