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Over 16 and don’t know think college is for you? There are options. Apprenticeships involve combining practical training in a job with study, you will be paid and receive an educational qualification. An apprenticeship is a real job with training, so you can earn a wage while you learn and become fully trained in your chosen occupation by the end of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are open to people of all ages over the age of 16, enabling people to improve their skills and progress in their careers.

Surrey County Council offers an apprenticeship scheme which provides a perfect way to earn a wage while you gain vital work experience and a nationally recognised qualification. When you have completed it, they offer support to seek future employment. You will be fully supported and mentored through your apprenticeship and be given time to complete your coursework.

Qualifications/Levels of Apprenticeships

  • Level 2 – equivalent to GCSE’s
  • Can take 15 months
  • If you don’t have GCSEs in English and maths, you’ll usually be required to take a functional skills in these subjects.
  • Level 3 – equivalent to 2 A Level’s
  • Typically, level 2 and 3 apprenticeships take approximately 15 months to complete.
  • You will also need 2 or more GCSE’s (or equivalent) grades A – C. Otherwise, you will need to complete the functional skills alongside your apprenticeship.
  • Level 4 and 5 – equivalent to a higher education certificate/diploma or a foundation degree
  • Level 6 – equivalent to a bachelor’s degree
  • Alternative to University
  • Gain valuable experience on-the-job and a work-based degree while earning, so you can avoid student loan debts
  • For individuals of all ages out of full-time education
  • Generally, can take between 14 – 36 months to complete
  • Usually required to have Maths and English before undertaking the degree, but some allow you to complete functional skills alongside the degree.
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