Apprenticeships and caring

Apprenticeships and caring

If you're looking to get some on the job experience as well as a qualification then an apprenticeship might be the right route for you...

How apprenticeships work

On an apprenticeship, you’re employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

Getting started

The starting point is having at least Level 1 in English & Maths (GCSE grade 3 or D). Minimum wage in the first year is £4.15/hour but some apprentices earn more. For example, Business Administrator £18,000/year, Dental Nurse £261/week.

Register on the government website and set up search alerts to learn about what’s available and how you get the qualification.

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  • You can earn and learn while living at home
  • They can start at any time of year
  • Learning is free
  • Apprentices can progress right up to getting a university degree while working
  • It can lead to a job with the same company – no stress about job seeking again


  • It’s full time commitment to work plus learning, so caring time is limited
  • Pay is low, and travel costs are high unless the employer agrees to help
  • There is no guarantee of a job with the employer when finished