Avoid student debt, while getting ahead of those around you

The apprenticeship levy means there will be more options available for school leavers. Here’s how to make the most of them.

  • Apprentices work as a paid employee within an organisation whilst working towards a nationally-recognised qualification
  • In 2014, health and social care apprenticeships were the most common
  • Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media, childcare, business and more
  • They work for at least 30 hours a week and training for their qualification will take place either at work or in College, usually for one day per week. With Aspire Training Team, our apprenticeships are all work based, meaning you will not lose a day to college.
  • Apprenticeships take between 1-5 years depending on the level, framework, sector and prior skills
  • They are available from Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs A-C ) all the way up to degree level
  • After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) stay in employment, with 71% staying with the same employer
  • On average, individuals with an advanced apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications
  • 82% of apprentices said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job while 79% said their career prospects had improved


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