Why an apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship is perfect for students more interested in practical learning. They are more likely to get something out of an apprenticeship than further academic study
  • An apprenticeship can help a student without financial support onto a career path without accumulating university debt
  • An apprenticeship isn’t just for vocational learners, with apprenticeships on offer across a variety of industries including media, accountancy and business management it can be a fast track to an academic learner’s career goals


An apprenticeship helps your students get where they want to go.

Apprenticeships lead to nationally recognised qualifications, created by employers for employers. 

Through practical and reflective learning, apprentices develop vital skills for employers locally and nationwide. These essential skills ensure many apprentices are never short of work. 

Apprenticeships also offer an efficient route to university, with an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship taking just 18 months to complete, compared to A-Levels which can take up to 2 years.

Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4+) offer qualifications across a range of industries, including Business Administration, Nursing, Surveying, Accounting, Engineering and Project Management. 

For more information on Higher Apprenticeships, visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Your students will still have pastoral support.

Apprentices get lots of help and support, including one-to-one support from their manager/supervisor/colleagues. This ensures they are developing a wide range of skills that they can use throughout their apprenticeship programme. 

Through their training providers they will also receive help with various aspects of their learning that employers will require them to develop, including IT skills, literacy and numeracy. 

All of the learning is transferable.

When completing an apprenticeship, learning is focused on the student’s chosen sector. However, a lot of the skills acquired are transferable across all different sectors. This improves an apprentice’s employability in the long term.

For active learners, this is the best way to learn.

Apprentices learn by doing, which is perfect for active learners. For example, if an apprentice were given a demonstration of how to set out and write a business letter or plumb in a sink, then they would be given the opportunity to do it themselves so afterwards, reinforcing the demonstration.

Apprentices can learn to take responsibility for their learning.

Apprentices quickly become more organised, mature and reliable as they are surrounded by role models and other workers. They quickly have to learn to take responsibility for their attendance, behaviour and progress.

As part of the apprenticeship qualification is a NVQ, apprentices need to ensure they are completing all the relevant units. They are able to complete the NVQ at their own pace.

Getting involved

If you’d like to find out more about Apprenticeships so you can inform your students, or arrange for us to come and speak directly with then, then contact Camden Apprenticeships on

We can help and support the delivery of PSHE lessons, assemblies and come along to career fairs and events.

A resource pack has been developed for Teachers and Careers and IAG Providers.  It can be used with a range of audiences. Material includes fact sheets, teacher resource sheets and activity sheets. These can be used as appropriate with each audience.


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