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Why Choose an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships allow you to earn whilst you learn. Whether you’re a new employee, or an existing employee studying an apprenticeship to boost your knowledge and skills, they can increase your career prospects. Here are the reasons why people say they choose to study an apprenticeship:

1. You can earn whilst you learn

As an apprentice, you will be paid at least minimum wage for apprentices (at least £3.90 per hour for those aged under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year).

2. You can study at different levels

There are various types of apprenticeships available:

  • Intermediate apprenticeship: Level 2 – equivalent to five A*-C GCSEs
  • Advanced apprenticeship: Level 3 – equivalent to two A-levels
  • Higher apprenticeship: Levels 4 – 7 – equivalent to a foundation degree and above
  • Degree apprenticeship: Levels 6 & 7 – full bachelors or master’s degree
  • Traineeships: A separate education and training programme with work experience helping prepare young people to secure an apprenticeship or another job.

For Independent Advice on Apprenticeships and Traineeships go to: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

Unsure of which path to take? Check out our level equivalence table.

3. You gain work experience

Every apprenticeship scheme is designed by the employers within the industry, so you are actively working whilst learning – it’s not just reading from textbooks, you learn as you are actually doing your job.

4. You can boost your career prospects

Each apprenticeship offered at Capital City College Training is tailored to meet the needs of your employer, so you’ll gain invaluable experience, and increase your prospects of progressing within the organisation.

5. You achieve qualifications

All apprenticeships offer industry-recognised qualifications and accreditations, as well as practical skills. Most require you to have English and Maths qualifications and, if you don’t have them already, will allow you gain them.

6. You can train by working in your chosen industry

We offer apprenticeships in a range of industry sectors. Our digital apprenticeships and technical apprenticeships have been designed to fill skills gaps and help you thrive in the changing economy.

Our apprenticeships in London are targeted to build your expertise to take up the capital’s economic opportunities.

Our apprenticeships include:

  • Arts, media and culture
  • Business and administration
  • Built environment and facilities management
  • Computing and ICT
  • Construction and engineering
  • Film and digital media
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health and childcare
  • Hospitality and culinary arts
  • Information and communication technology
  • Legal services
  • Management and marketing
  • Science-based industries
  • Social care, nursing and midwifery
  • Society, health and development

The occupation included in the training framework is defined in an Apprenticeship Standard (previously an Apprenticeship Framework). These are designed with you as an employer to ensure that training programmes and assessment plans are relevant to specific roles, the broader sector and wider economy.

Apprenticeship training is flexible, with a wide range of qualifications available – even up to Level 6, the equivalent of a university degree.

7. You avoid student loans

Apprenticeships are paid for by your employer and the Goverment – a student leaving university will leave with anything between £30,000 and £60,000 of student loan debt, which they’ll have to pay back.

8. Other discounts available

As a studying apprentice, you can also receive a range of special travel, retail and entertainment discounts, including discounted Oyster cards from Transport for London and council tax reductions.

NUS Apprentice Extra card

The National Union of Students Apprentice Extra card allows you access to a range of in-store and online retail discounts

Find out more on the NUS site

Travel discounts

A number of discounted travel options apply to young people and students in London:

  • Apprentice Oyster photocard (18+): An Apprentice Oyster photocard can save you 30% on adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
  • 16+ Zip Oyster photocard: Young people aged 16 to 17 who are living in a London borough can apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard to buy child-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Passes; and pay as you go at half adult-rate on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.
  • Railcard: If you have a 16-25 Railcard, you can add the discount to your 18+ Student Oyster photocard to get a 34% discount on off-peak pay as you go fares and off-peak daily caps on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

Find out more from the TfL student guide to travel in London

Council Tax reductions

Full-time students might not have to pay Council Tax. As an apprentice you could also qualify for a discount or apply for an exemption.

To find out more information see gov.uk council tax


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