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Why Become An Apprentice

There are loads of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. Apprentices do real jobs for real employers, learning real skills.

So you can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you - through hands-on vocational experience that meets the government apprenticeship strategy for vocational learning.

Key benefits of being an apprentice include:

  • Earning a salary
  • Getting paid holidays
  • Receiving training
  • Gaining qualifications
  • Learning job-specific skills 

Earn While You Learn

  • From the beginning of October 2015, apprentices aged 16 and 17 saw their National Minimum Wage (NMW) increased from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour (a 20% increase). The NMW rate for apprentices aged 18-20 increased from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour and the NMW rate for apprentices aged 21 and over increased from £6.50 to £6.70. Visit https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for more details.

Some more stats and facts

  • Apprenticeships are already proving to be a successful and viable option to university. This year more than 800,000 apprentices are earning and learning.
  • Since 2010, 1.8m young people have started an Apprenticeship across 170 industries.
  • Research has shown that 86% of those who did an apprenticeship stayed in work afterwards, 67% with the same employer.

Contact Us

To find out more information or to apply for an Apprenticeship, please call the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 8259 or 0191 518 8294 or email apprenticeships@eastdurham.ac.uk

Employers should contact our Employer Engagement team on 0191 518 8294 or 0191 518 5587 or you can email: hayley.clifton@eastdurham.ac.uk or emma.norbury@eastdurham.ac.uk

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National Apprenticeship Service Brochure

You can also find out more details in the PDF leaflet below.

A Guide To Apprenticeship Brochure (June 2015 Edition)