Apprenticeships are real jobs that allow you to earn a wage while you learn. They can take between 1 and 5 years to complete, depending on the level.

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I started a university degree but it wasn't for me. What I really wanted to do was working social media.

My mom told me about an apprenticeship at Channel 4. I looked into it and thought this looks perfect for me. There was a really tough selection day but it worked out for me and I got the apprenticeship.

As an apprentice I learnt all about the Channel 4 brand, video editing skills and posting about new shows on Facebook and Twitter. I spent one day a week on college work but most of the training was on the job. I'm now a social media executive and I'm mentoring the next generation of apprentices.

I've done so much and met so many cool people. Earning my own money is one of the best things about being an apprentice. I can contribute at home, do what I want with my mates and take good care of myself, obviously.

It was a big move to start an apprenticeship, but the best decision I've ever made.

Alim's story

“Being an apprentice has been the best time of my life. I've been able to do things that I'm passionate about.

“I've been able to meet so many different people. I've built up my confidence. It's been the best experience it could have been.”

Starting an apprenticeship

To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to:

  • be 16 or over
  • live in England
  • not be in full-time education

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school.

What you'll do as an apprentice

An apprenticeship is a job where you’ll:

  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • get time for training and study related to your role

The training might be at your place of work, a college, a training provider or online.

Types of apprenticeships

There are over 600 different apprenticeships.

No matter what career you’re interested in, there’s likely to be an apprenticeship for you.

You can view all types of apprenticeships on GOV.UK.

Levels of apprenticeships

You’ll earn a qualification from your apprenticeship.

The 4 different apprenticeship levels are:

  • intermediate: level 2
  • advanced: level 3
  • higher: level 4 or 5
  • degree: level 6 or 7

Apprenticeships also have equivalent educational levels listed on GOV.UK. For example, a level 3 apprenticeship is considered the same level of qualification as 2 or 3 A levels.

Finding an apprenticeship

You can search and apply for apprenticeships in England on GOV.UK.

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