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Apprenticeships, Traineeships and T Levels

The law says that young people must stay in education or training up until the age of 18. This means that if you decide to work full time (more than 20 hours a week) you will have to combine your job with some sort of training. 

A good way to do this is to consider doing an apprenticeship, which enables you to earn while you learn. An apprenticeship is a paid job with training, where young people will earn a wage while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. The time an apprenticeship can take varies from one to five years to complete, depending on the type of apprenticeship chosen.

Traineeships are for young people who would like to have an apprenticeship or job, who do not yet have the necessary skills. Traineeships enable young people from 16 to 24 years become work ready. This involves essential training, helping to people to gain Maths and English skills and work experience.

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study. T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).