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Guide to apprenticeships

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to have a real job with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. Apprenticeships normally last 12-60 months and are a great way to learn skills, build your experience and start a new career.

When you’re an apprentice:

  • you get paid and train at the same time
  • at least 20% of your time spent in off-the-job training, often at a college, university or training provider
  • you train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation
  • you’re on a career path – with lots of future potential.

During this time, your apprenticeship roles and responsibilities will run alongside your job roles and responsibilities. The two are designed to work in harmony.

Our Clarion Futures Apprenticeship team can help you progress into your next role or secure a permanent job with the organisation where you completed your apprenticeship. Email our team to find out more.

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Apprentice responsibilities


Meetings are set up by your mentor, manager and training provider. They may be face to face or via other communication methods. They take place every four to eight weeks and the number of meetings you have will depend on your progress.


You’re expected to be responsible for your own learning and development, working to the best of your ability at all times.


Formal reviews require you, your manager and your training provider to be present. These reviews are an opportunity for everyone to look at your progress and consider the next phase of your learning.


Be diligent, punctual and behave in a responsible manner. Always follow the requirements of the health and safety legislation at your workplace.


Attend courses, keep records and carry out work as required in order to achieve the selected framework outcomes. These will be specified in your personal training plan. You can record your off-the-job training using the template provided.


Promote your employer’s best interests. Never undertake any action that may do damage or bring their organisation into disrepute.

Who apprentices work with

Grow your talent and career with a team that really values the contribution you can make:

  • managers in the workplace are ultimately in charge of your day-to-day job
  • training providers look after the apprenticeship aspects of your role
  • mentors give you extra support throughout your apprenticeship 

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The road ahead is your opportunity to have a real job with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work.

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