A Guide to Apprenticeships

Whether you are at school, college or just looking to get onto the path to your dream job, apprenticeships can be a great way of accessing the education and career you want. But if you are a blind or partially sighted student, you might not have considered apprenticeships as an option. You may have questions or concerns about what an apprenticeship is, are they suitable for blind and partially sighted students and what support is available.

Don’t worry, you have come to the right place! In this guide, we will break down everything you need to know to start exploring your own apprenticeship options.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship focuses on giving you the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a specific area of work. It blends together a mix of working on the job and learning in the classroom to give you hands-on experience and learning. Overall, your time will be split between doing paid work with an employer and studying at an education provider such as a college or university.

There are different levels of apprenticeship, depending on what you want to achieve. Find out more about the different levels of apprenticeship.

Why apprenticeships could be for you

There are many benefits to picking an apprenticeship as your next education and career option. Here are some reasons why an apprenticeship could be a great fit for you:

  • Get paid while you learn. Earning your own money while on your studies will help you feel more independent and give you a step up in supporting yourself in the future.
  • Gain valuable practical skills and hands-on experience in a real working environment.  Build your confidence and life skills in the process.
  • Get a nationally recognised qualification at the end of your studies.  It will help you stand out to future employers.
  • Receive the support you need to ensure your vision impairment is not a barrier to you accessing the education and career you want.
  • Provides a route into employment which does not require heavily academic study such as A levels or a university degree.
  • Continued access to careers advice and guidance up to the age of 25 with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). You can use this to make the most of the opportunities open to you during and after your apprenticeship.
  • Give you access to a path into a potentially in-demand, well paid or enjoyable career. With over 600 different jobs and sectors to choose from, there is likely to be something perfect that sparks your interest!

How to Get an Apprenticeship

Check out the three simple steps to get an apprenticeship! Part of our Apprenticeships: a guide for blind/partially sighted students series.

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What Support is Available During an Apprenticeship?

Learn about the different support that is available for blind and partially sighted students during an apprenticeship.

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Guidance to support blind and partially sighted students through their studies in college and further education.

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