What is an Apprenticeship?

Get new skills. Get paid.

Simple as that. Job done!

An Apprenticeship is an established and recognised way of getting a job and progressing your career – without having to attend a college or university full time.

It is itself a real job with training, so you earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go.  Apprenticeships are learning programmes financially supported by the government or an employer, and so if you are aged between 16 and 64 and live in England, there are no tuition fees and therefore no student debt accumulated at the end of your learning.

So an Apprenticeship is a two-way process. At HWGTA we provide you with the knowledge, skills and training for you to get your qualifications, while your employer gives you practical experience in a real workplace situation.

All Apprentices have to be employed, and so as well as gaining job specific qualifications at HWGTA you will also gain invaluable work experience with an employer, which, in today’s employment market, is a major benefit.

We will help you find a paid job where you will receive training either in the workplace, at HWGTA or at a local college, which will result in several vocational qualifications for you.  Your employer will get a competent and valued member of staff so everyone is satisfied.

The majority of our Apprentices are offered permanent employment with their original employer following successful completion of their chosen HWGTA course, with others moving on to different opportunities within other businesses.

The main benefits of Apprenticeships are:

  • You will earn a salary
  • You will get paid holidays
  • You will receive training
  • You will gain qualifications that employers really value
  • You will gain “real work” experience that employers really value

There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  1. Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
  2. Advanced Level Apprenticeships
  3. Higher Apprenticeships

Opportunities for career progression are increasing with the expansion of Higher Apprenticeships. Equivalent to degrees, more of these specialised and highly skilled Apprenticeships are being offered each year, giving you the chance to continue your professional development and fully realise your potential.

National statistics show that after finishing the majority of Apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.  A third (32%) of all former Apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job. Employers think that qualified Apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.

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