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Doing an apprenticeship – can you afford it?

Posted on November 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Sometimes if you want to have a change in career but do not want to or cannot return to full time education you may be able to learn on the job. One way in which you can do this is to do an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship can last anywhere between one and four years. Often if you have maths and English GCSE or equivalent, you may start off on a level two or possibly even a level three. You will get paid a wage for working but this wage is often a fraction of the salary that qualified people will get. You do need to take this in to account as the chances are you may not be able to work another job alongside it if it is full time. You may be entitled to help from the government financially as you will be classed as being in some sort of education but you do need to work all this out first before you apply for the position.

Some employers will allow you to do an NVQ whilst staying in your employed role, so you will not take a pay cut and can train as you are working.

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