If you would prefer not to study full-time but want to earn and train at the same time, then think about work-based learning. This gives you the chance to gain a qualification whilst working.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 who are already in employment, or looking for full time work with training. There are apprenticeships available in many different jobs from motor vehicles to childcare, and engineering to hairdressing.
As an apprentice you will be paid a wage (minimum £3.70 per hour) and provided with on-the-job training. You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year. You will also spend time at a local college or training provider doing further training and studying key skills, team working, communication, IT, numeric skills and problem-solving.
You must be employed in your occupational area to start your chosen apprenticeship - training providers can offer guidance and support with this, but they don't find your employer for you. Try contacting companies directly to get some work experience. It will improve your chances of being accepted on an apprenticeship and help you find out more about the job.
Apprenticeship places are highly sought after - you have to show you are serious, committed and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who employ you.
To find out more about apprenticeships, check out the websites on the left. If you are aged 19+, you can ring the helpline on 0800 100 900.
The national Apprenticeships website allows you to search for apprenticeships in the local area and apply online. You can register your details and receive email updates when an apprenticeship is advertised in the type of work you are interested in.
Some employers offer the opportunity to study one day a week at college to get a qualification relevant to the job. If you are working and are interested in day release, ask your employer if they would consider this option.