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Apprenticeships enable you to earn while you learn. They are commonly done by school leavers (age 16 and up), take between one and six years to complete, and can be with small and local or large and international organisations. To summarise it's ✔ a real job ✔ a very real salary ✔ a chance to train while you work ✔ an opportunity to gain professional qualifications.
Degree Apprenticeships (Sponsored Degree Programmes)
Degree apprenticeships enable students to achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree while being contractually employed as an apprentice. They take between three and six years to complete, are typically targeted at 18-19 year old school leavers and are offered by all sorts of organisations. Oh and how could we forget, NO STUDENT FEES. Yes, you heard us! That's money, experience and a degree all rolled into one, seems like the ultimate life hack if you ask us!
Internships and Placements
An internship is temporary paid or unpaid work experience usually carried out by students and recent graduates. Internships usually last for two to six months. The focus is more on experience, transferable skills and exposure to an employer rather than a formal qualification or very job-specific skills. A formal work placement is where a student is placed in a company where they can learn skills relevant to their course of study. These are typically paid, up to a year long and are usually integrated into a 4 or 5 year university course. Many graduates convert their uni summer internships/work placements into full time jobs so be sure to make a good impression when you get there!
A grad scheme is a work-based training programme that typically lasts between one and three years. It allows recent graduates to obtain practical experience with an organisation, accelerating them into the world of work. Often graduates get to rotate around different departments while receiving training, mentoring, and hands-on work experience. Some programmes include elements of further study and exams. Learn more from Prospects.
Note that all of the above can be very competitive so if you don't get your first few (or dozen!), do not get discouraged, it will just take some time and a lot of effort but you'll get there. Give yourself the best chance by submitting a top quality application. Check out our CV/Resume Advice and Careers Service Advice sections.