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What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a system of training  people into a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some study alongside. Most of the apprentice training is done while working for an employer who helps the apprentices learn their trade or profession, often in exchange for them continuing to work for an agreed period after they have achieved the necessary standards.

An apprenticeship is a real job with training.

Apprenticeships usually last for between one, and sometimes up to six, years depending upon the level of the programme. Almost any type of apprenticeship can be made accessible and support is available while you learn and work.

Apprenticeship programs offer young adults, including those with disabilities, a career pathway that provides employment as the individual learns on the job. Doing an apprenticeship is a great way to earn a salary, get training and qualifications and develop your career.

The number of U.K. disabled people in apprenticeships has more than tripled in the last 10 years. The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

The Disability Confident scheme to help more disabled people into apprenticeships and jobs has really helped but there is still more to be done to improve the number of disabled young people offered an apprenticeship.

Many employers offer support or equipment to help you do your job. In England most apprentice vacancies are listed on the U.K. National Apprenticeship Service website. U.K. Disability Apprenticeships – Information & Fact Sheets

An Apprenticeship Provides:

  • A pathway from school to work
  • A way to get a head start in a chosen career.
  • Paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both.
  • Competency based – which means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level.
  • An apprenticeship leads to recognized qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life.
  • Existing skills and prior experience are recognized and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time. Available as full-time or part-time, also available part-time in many schools.

The BE MORE website which is the apprenticeship website for the Liverpool City Region has some resources and vacancies. https://be-more.info/

In Wirral, Wirral Metropolitan College has access to lots of courses linked to an Apprenticeship . Apprenticeships allow you to work, gain qualifications and valuable experience.www.wmc.ac.uk/apprenticeships

Here are some links that may prove helpful:

National Apprenticeship Week 2021: How to find an apprenticeship | Metro News

Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Employment and Voluntary Work | Local Offer Wirral

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