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WORDS: Jessie Bland | PICTURES: Getty images, Shutterstock APPRENTICESHIPS T he first apprenticeships began in the late Middle Ages, where a master craftsman would employ young people in exchange for food, lodging and formal training, and this vocational system of learning – albeit modernised – remains in a similar guise to this day (instead, now apprentices are paid a wage, rather than given bed and breakfast!). While an apprentice may have trained for around seven years 600 years ago, nowadays apprenticeships tend to last between 10 months and four years (depending upon the level, of course). More than 500,000 people commenced an apprenticeship in the 2011/12 academic year – and young people certainly remain the target market for the model, with more than 125,000 of those starters aged between 16 to 18. However, apprenticeships do, of course, welcome people of all ages. TRAINING DAY Can't face hitting the books? Try an apprenticeship instead, and learn what you need to know on the job How do tHey work? Essentially, apprenticeships are work-based programmes. They combine hands-on training with study (which is usually carried out at a college one day a week), making them the ideal route for those who prefer to learn in a practical environment, rather than from books and lectures. Apprentices are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week (but no more than 40 hours); which generally equates to at least 7.5 hours a day. Whatever your interests, aptitudes and career dreams, there is an ideal apprenticeship for you. From Administrators to Lifeguards to Graphic Designers, apprenticeships cover a spectrum of industries – and they are a versatile training route. There are three levels of apprenticeship available: ✱ Intermediate Level or Level 2 apprenticeships are comparable with five GCSEs A*-C, and would be suitable for entry-level roles upon qualification. ✱ Advanced Level or Level 3 apprenticeships are comparable with two A levels, and typical positions in this level are supporting roles. ✱ Higher Level or Level 4 (or 5) apprenticeships are comparable with the first year of university, and include roles that may require specific knowledge or responsibility. Typically, you'll achieve a foundation degree, which then allows you to continue to study at degree-level if you so wish. ad tailor mMineter is e Deputy Prim Nick Clegg wants le employers to be ab n to develop their ow apprenticeships, tailored to their requirements 040

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2013

Ed's letter
Meet Hilary
Dress for success
Bags of style
Onwards and upwards
The path to enlightenment
On the job
Under operation
Under assessment
Question time
Rising up the ranks
Law and order
Make your search social
On the books
Getting graphic
Sowing the seeds
Making contact
On the move
Going green
Get the cogs turning
Building it up
On the factory floor
Engineering change
Take it up a gear
A rainy-day career
Bank on it
Full house
Talk shop
A clean slate
Hungry work
Quench your thirst
At your leisure
All's fair and square
Head in the clouds
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