An apprenticeship is a real job with training, which allows people to earn while they learn and gain valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.
Designed by employers to provide the required level of knowledge, skills and competencies through industry standards, apprenticeships are nationally recognised as an effective way of boosting workforce skills and helping to improve productivity.
Apprenticeships take between 12 months and five years to complete depending on the level and occupation, and are available in a wide range of industries.
Businesses of all sizes and sectors in England can recruit and employ an apprentice.
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