If you are looking for the opportunity to earn and learn, then apprenticeships might be just what you are looking for.  You will work full time whilst learning on the job and also gaining a qualification. Whether you are leaving school, college or university at 16/17/18 years of age or older, or if you have been working for a few or many years then apprenticeships could be an ideal opportunity for you.

You don’t need to wait until you are 18 if studying full time at educational establishments is not for you, you can commence at 16 years of age. Apprenticeships are best suited to people who prefer a hands-on approach to learning in a working environment.

There are numerous apprenticeships available for people leaving education and for those that have been in employment for either a few or many years you can access the information on apprenticeships here.


To access a guide to apprenticeships click here.

Below are some of the advantages of an apprenticeship if continuing education is not for you;

  • You will receive a salary
  • Your will not have a student loan to pay off
  • You will develop your soft skills, communication and teamworking for example, receiving support in your place of work with regular visits from assessors, along with training and coaching which may be on or off the job.
  • You will gain experience in the work place enabling you to demonstrate your ability either to the employer who has supported you with your apprenticeship or another employer should you apply for a new role on completion of your apprenticeship. Circa 71% of apprentices stay with their employer after finishing their apprenticeship and 90% stay employed
  • You commence your career path at a much earlier age, however, your apprenticeship does not restrict you from moving into different industry or continuing your learning at a higher level

Some of the advantages of an apprenticeship if you are already in employment;

  • You can work towards a qualification whilst continuing your current employment
  • You will receive a qualification and recognition for the skill and knowledge gained, which may include management, supervisory or administration along with many others
  • The opportunity for promotion within your existing company or a new company
  • Stepping stone to continue your learning and obtain further qualifications including degree level
  • Qualification that is relevant to you
  • Increased salary and benefits

If you want to speak with one of our team to carry out your research into whether an apprenticeship is the right qualification for you then please contact us or telephone 01926 355560 and ask to speak to a member of our apprenticeship team.

Steps to achieving your Absolute Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship is the responsibility of the apprentices, the assessor and the apprentices manager. All need to work together to ensure that the apprentice gets the best quality experience and develops their knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that work for them and for the business. The apprentice will have regular face to face meeting with the assessor during which they will look at how the apprentice is completing their role and how this matches against the standard that is the apprenticeship. Using a range of assessment methods the assessor will assist the apprentice to prove how they meet the assessment criteria and range in the standard. The assessor will also meet with the manager to discuss progress and how the employer will ensure that the apprentice’s job role is wide enough for them to achieve the apprenticeship. The employer will work with the assessor so that the apprentice has 20% off the job time to complete their apprenticeship through training and other required work.

Agree action plans with assessor

Gather evidence of activities at work

Complete various “assignments”

Meet with the assessor for observations/feedback

How Absolute Apprenticeships Work

We offer a free consultancy where we can explain to employers and apprentices exactly what is involved and what costs (if any) are involved in the programme.

We will cover our commitment, employer responsibilities and what the apprentice can expect during the 15-18 month programme.