What Work Cambridgeshire and Rutland 2016 - Page 21

Information and guidance for young people aged 13-19 People with an advanced level apprenticeship could earn £100,000 more over the course of their career than those without. 86% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship and 67% stay with the same employer. There are three levels of apprenticeship available to anyone over 16: Competition for apprenticeships can be fierce so you need to show an employer that you’re motivated and committed. ♦♦ Apprenticeship - training at NVQ Level 2 ♦♦ Advanced Apprenticeship - training at NVQ Level 3 ♦♦ Higher Apprenticeship - NVQ level 4 (the same as a foundation degree) and higher. Each level can lead to further qualifications or work. For details on pay see page 28. Traineeships Traineeships are for 16 to 24 year olds wanting to start an apprenticeship or job. This programme could help you to develop the skills that employers are looking for and includes a work placement and work preparation. Find out more at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. Study programmes Study programmes are vocational training (aimed at specific work-related areas) for 16 to 19 year olds. A study programme could be for you if: ♦♦ You’re not ready to go straight into work, training or college; ♦♦ You’ve missed time at school; ♦♦ You need extra support to gain confidence and achieve further qualifications Work experience A work placement is a great way to gain experience of the world of work and to learn new skills. Employers are especially keen on people who have got some sort of work experience, including graduates, and it could give you the edge at an interview. As well as volunteering to gain experience, there are other options which can be combined with further study to put you in a really strong position! • Internships An internship is a temporary placement with an employer which can give you experience of a specific job role or industry and they are usually aimed at undergraduates. The length of time you spend with an employer varies between internships and some are unpaid, others offer a small wage. Making yourself invaluable while you’re on your placement may make the employer consider you for a job but it is by no means guaranteed. 19