Apprenticeships combine doing a real job with formal training, meaning you get to work (and earn money!) whilst still developing your skills and prospects. Most apprentices are employed by a company and spend 4 days a week doing their job, and one day a week at college, working towards an NVQ relevant to their career. Apprenticeships can vary in length from one to four years, depending on the apprenticeship level, the company, your ability and the role. Most take two or three years on average. Anyone over 16 years old living in England can apply to become an apprentice and generally you only need 5 GCSEs, A-C grade.
- Combines doing a job with formal training
- Allows you to learn whilst being paid
- Available to anyone aged 16+
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They attract high calibre candidates who gain all the benefits of on-the-job learning and a fee-free degree, and combine full-time paid work with part-time university study.
Degree apprenticeships are primarily targeted at 18 to 19-year-old school leavers as an alternative route to gaining a degree, no matter your background or if you have been deterred by full time edcuation, high tuition fees and student debt. However, the qualification is suitable for anyone, including 16 to 18-year-olds and mature students.
In addition, degree apprenticeships are a good way of supporting your progression from craft and technical roles into management.
There are now over 1000 degree apprentices in the country, with more and more employer designed schemes being designed on a regular basis. A variety of HPC contractors are at the forefront of these new degree apprenticeships, creating more opportunities for people to benefit in tailored and specific roles within their organisations.
Internships give you the chance to work for EDF HPC or with one of the contracting partners for a limited period of time. This is a double whammy of work experience and education. Your internship will usually last for between 1 week to 12 months on a full or part-time basis. We offer both term-time or term break opportunities. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals to play a role in this exciting project. In return we can provide you with a period of practical experience in the industry related to you field of study.
A placement not only enhances your knowledge and helps with your course because you will have an insight into a job or industry. On some courses, work placements are compulsory in order to get your degree, while on others you can opt to do a placement as one of your modules. Placements can increase your employability and help you when you’re entering the job market
Developed for people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience for employment or an apprenticeship, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, Maths and work experience needed to prepare young people for the world of work.
A traineeship is made up of three key things:
- A high-quality work experience placement with an employer.
- Work preparation training, provided by the training organisation.
- English and maths support, if required, provided by the training organisation.
Traineeships can last for up to a maximum of 6 months with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual and are an ideal opportunity for young people, aged 16 to 24, who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other position due to a lack of skills and experience are most likely be good candidates for a traineeship.
Traineeship opportunities at HPC will be available at HPC. Young HPC participants will get the first hand knowledge as and when they are available.
Traineeships are designed to help people who want to move into an apprenticeship or a job. Unlike apprentices, trainees don’t yet have some essential skills like English and maths, or have limited work experience. The traineeship aims to provide them with these.
Traineeships last between a minimum of six weeks through to a maximum of six months, unlike apprenticeships, which go on for a number of years.
Traineeships may also be unpaid (it is left up to the employer to make that decision and are not subject to minimum wage laws, unlike apprenticeships, which legally must be paid and meet the Apprentice National Minimum Wage. Those doing a traineeship will either still be in education, or may qualify for the 16-19 bursary fund.
It includes any qualification at Level 4 and above. A BA or BSc (Hons) degree is a Level 6 qualification.
The majority of UK undergraduate students are aged 17-19 meaning higher education has a lot to offer all young people – but, it’s not just for those predicted top grades in academic subjects.
- Participation in higher education is growing and expanding – there’s been a 38% increase in applicants in the last 10 years.
- It’s not just academic subjects you need … around 95% of universities currently accept BTECs for entry, and for over 70% of degree subjects.
- There’s been a 42% increase in students from disadvantaged areas studying full-time degrees since 2005.
- In 2015 over half of applicants to higher education received four or more offers, and almost a third had five offers to choose between. The majority of applicants are placed at their first choice destination.
Whether you have yet to decide whether University is for you, are currently studying for a degree, or have recently graduated – you can still benefit from all the opportunities HPC has to offer.
Click GOV.UK to read the benefits of participating in higher education.