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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships allow you to earn while you learn.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a qualification through work-based learning if you are a school or college leaver and you think you know what career or industry you would like to work in.

Apprenticeships include an industry-relevant professional qualification and take between one and four years to complete through a combination of work-based assessment visits, workshops, reviews and classroom lessons.

Accountancy and Tax Apprenticeships

Accountants generally either work in an accountancy firm or within a finance department of an organisation.

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I thought I was taking a chance with an Apprenticeship, not knowing how it could turn out. I've never looked back since.

Sally Fisher
Accountancy apprentice

Benefits of becoming an Apprentice

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Earn a wage through real life work experience.

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Gain a professionally recognised qualification.

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Training at no cost to you.

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Learn job-specific and employability skills.

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Potential to progress quickly in your career.

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Avoiding costly university fees and student debt.

Levels of Apprenticeship

There are different levels of Apprenticeship available that are equivalent to educational levels.

Levels of Apprenticeship

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They've given us loads of responsibility, even to start. They haven't given us boring tasks to do, like scanning or photocopying, or anything like that.

Ben Peyton
Financial Services apprentice

Who can apply?

You can apply for an Apprenticeship while you're still at school. To start one, you'll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • not in full-time education

There are slightly different rules depending on whether you live in England, Scotland or Wales. Speak to one of our advisors to find out if you are eligible.

Many organisations hire ahead for September starts and applications can be made while still in education so it's never too soon to start looking.

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