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Apprenticeships are programmes of learning which take place as part of paid employment, meaning that you can “earn while you learn”. Apprenticeships start at Level 2 (the equivalent of GCSE) and enable progression to degree level and beyond.

During their training the apprentice must also complete English and maths qualifications to a specified minimum standard, if this has not already been achieved. Apprentices who have an Education and Health Care Plan and can demonstrate learning difficulties in English and/or maths can apply for “flexibilities” – see the Young People with SEND section for more details.

All apprenticeships incorporate a substantial period (20% of the duration) of “off the job training” where apprentices are taught the theoretical basis of their job away from the stresses of the workplace.

85% of apprentices stay with the company after they have completed their apprenticeship.

32% of apprentices achieved a promotion within a year of completing an apprenticeship.

More details on apprenticeships and how to apply for them are available on the Apprenticeships website.

The government have pulled links for general details about apprenticeships on one page: Further education and skills: Apprenticeships – detailed information.

More details about the opportunities presented by apprenticeships, along with a wide range of resources, can be found at Amazing Apprenticeships

For more information contact Gateshead Learning Skills on 0191 433 8727 or visit our Apprenticeships webpage.

Traineeships are programmes of study for 16-24 year olds (25 if they hold an Education, Health and Care Plan) that include basic preparation for employment, usually including some vocational training, and a period of unpaid work placement with an employer that is designed to give participants the skills and confidence they need to secure paid employment. Where possible they aim to progress participants into work with training (preferably an apprenticeship). There is also considerable financial and other support available for young people with SEND to participate.

Gateshead College also offer apprenticeships in creative industries, business and administration, motor vehicle, plumbing, hospitality and catering, hairdressing and electrical installation. For more information visit the Gateshead College website