An apprenticeship is an entry-level role where young people can gain experience, an employment reference and a nationally recognised qualification. Whatever the salary, it is an excellent start to a career and a great opportunity.
An apprenticeship can be a great introduction to working life and lead directly into a career. As an alternative to university, an apprentice would earn whilst they learn, and avoid student debt and tuition fees.
Apprentices achieve nationally recognised qualifications that can help them access a good job or further study. Advanced Apprenticeships can be used as UCAS points for Foundation Degrees and Higher Education.
Higher Apprenticeships are also now available in many subject areas, including Engineering, Nursing, Surveying, Business Administration and Management, enabling young people to achieve an undergraduate or master’s degree via an apprenticeship.
The qualifications are created by employers for employers, making it an excellent stepping-stone into different types of industries. In fact, some practical apprenticeships such as construction and mechanics have strict entry criteria, as young people need to prove they have basic skills in maths and science. However, Camden Apprenticeships recruit based on attitude and aptitude. We spot potential in our candidates, not just GCSE results.
We have placed apprentices in a wide variety of sectors and businesses including heritage venues, creative and digital media, hospitality, catering, customer service, sales, childcare, mechanics, business administration and engineering. We have also placed apprentices in national organisations as well as small and medium sized employers who are keen to support local young people get a foot in the door.
You can find details of the minimum apprenticeship wage on the .gov.uk website. However, many employers pay a higher salary than the apprenticeship minimum. This means young people are earning and learning at the same time and can start to become more financially independent. Camden Apprenticeships encourage all our employers to pay a fair salary. We do not promote roles if the employer is paying the apprenticeship minimum wage, as we believe this is too low.
Like all employment and education opportunities, there is no doubt that there is competition for apprenticeships. However, Camden Apprenticeships works with employers to create vacancies that are exclusive to Camden residents, or those who attended a Camden Secondary School. This means roles are open to a smaller pool and candidates have a higher chance of success.
Camden Apprenticeships also offer application and interview support to people interested in taking up an apprenticeship.
For more information on apprenticeships, please see Get In Go Far.