What is an apprentice? 

Work while you study: An apprenticeship is a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training, and study, letting you ‘earn while you learn’. 

There are no student fees. Your training costs are funded by the government and your employer and as a paid employee, each apprentice works alongside their studies. With a minimum of 20% (1 day) of your working week being spent in college.

There are many different apprenticeships available across a wide range of industries, and for a wide variety of job roles and careers in anything from engineering and boat building,to veterinary nursing and accountancy. 

Whilst you can start as an apprentice on some schemes from 16 years old, but some apprenticeships at more advanced levels are available when you are 25 years and beyond!


Why are Apprenticeships Important FOR THE UK? 

For Britain to thrive, whatever our future relationship with Europe, we need to grow the country’s skills base, especially in the technologies and industries that are most important to Britain’s economic future.

As Liberal Democrats we wholeheartedly support lifelong and vocational learning. We want it to become the norm for businesses to take on and to train up young people and older adults as apprentices in every sector of our economy, and for higher-level apprenticeships to be understood as a respected alternative to university education.  

Judith says; “See our plans for transforming education and skills here. Vocational Training is a critical part of UK education, ensuring people are trained and ready for work in all sectors and helping to reduce the skills gap across the UK.”

We recently took a group of apprentices from the UK for a visit to Brussels to find out about their options of placements across Europe. More information about the options available is here