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Whole School Assembly (8-14 February 2021):   

What are apprenticeships and who are they for? 



Link to the Apprenticeship Quiz mentioned in the assembly: 


How apprenticeships work 



Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. 

As an apprentice you will: 

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay 
  • work alongside experienced staff 
  • gain job-specific skills 
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours) 

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. 

Levels of apprenticeship 

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels. 


Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma. 

If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one. 


Who can start an apprenticeship? 

To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be: 

  • 16 or over 
  • not in full-time education 

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school but you’ll need to be 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays to start the apprenticeship. 

If you are in Y11 and would like specific advice about applying for an apprenticeship contact our Independent Careers Advisor, Amanda Carroll by email at 


National Apprenticeship Week Events: 


The MET:  Join us to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021! This year’s theme is 'Build a Future' to emphasise how apprenticeships help individuals build skills and knowledge for a rewarding career, along with the benefits this brings to employers and local communities.  

We offer a wide range of apprenticeships from business administration and early years to digital marketing and construction. It’s a great way to earn while you learn!  

Sign up for a virtual Q&A session with apprenticeship tutors  

As part of the week, we will be hosting a range of virtual events over Zoom for you to find out more about what it’s like to study an apprenticeship at GB MET. You’ll be able to chat to course tutors, learn about the support we offer and how to apply Book here


The National Apprenticeship Show:  featuring businesses such as AstraZeneca, Santander, NHS, KPMG, SKY, Royal Air Force, Lloyds Banking Group and more

Wednesday 10th February 11am – 6pm  (Registration required) 


Further sources of information 

Information for parents wanting to find out more about apprenticeships so they can support their children. 


The government website hosting a vacancy database and applications system for apprenticeships. You can search for local vacancies using your postcode. 


This site is hosted by the Sussex Council of Training Providers and lists the apprenticeships available in Sussex. 

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