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Did you know an Apprenticeship isn’t just for school leavers, but also for employees in full-time work? It’s true, you can become an apprentice while still working in your current role to gain professional qualifications and the skills you need for career progression.

Please be aware that this information is for England only.

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Why should I do an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are no longer just a career step for school leavers. The new Apprenticeship standards mean that anyone, regardless of age or past qualifications, can become an apprentice.

With an Apprenticeship, you can learn and progress your career at the same time. If you job role is evolving and you need to retrain then an Apprenticeship would allow you to work whilst you study.

You might choose an Apprenticeship to benefit from the skill and behaviour development, and structured learning environment, that apprenticeships offer. You get to study in a work environment, and experience hands on job experience that links directly to your qualification.

How does it work?

An Apprenticeship takes between one to around 3 years to complete, but this depends on the level of Apprenticeship you want to take.The range of levels can equate to the equivalent of GCSEs, A Levels and Foundation and Masters Degrees.

If you choose Kaplan as your Apprenticeship learning provider, we offer multiple learning methods to best suit your lifestyle. These include classroom, Live Online and OnDemand learning. Some apprentices prefer face-to-face classroom learning, while others may favour learning at home with OnDemand.

How does my employer pay for an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a cost-effective way for you to achieve your career goals and for your employer to upskill their members of staff. Your employer can use their Levy to fund your Apprenticeship, or if they aren’t a Levy payer, then the government will fund 95% of the training costs so they will only have to pay 5% of your training.

For example, the level 7 Accountancy and Tax Apprenticeship cap is set at £21,000. As a Non-Levy payer, your employer would only have to pay 5% of your training costs. Therefore, it would cost £1,050 to take you on as an apprentice (exam fees not included).

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Does your employer offer Apprenticeship schemes with us?

Your employer might already have an apprenticeship scheme in place. Speak to your Manager to confirm whether your employer is currently offering Apprenticeship schemes with us.

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Find out more about Apprenticeships, including who can apply and how to find the perfect role.

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