We know that moving from school into the world of work is a big step, so we’ve created this zone to give parents, carers and teachers more information about our apprenticeships. We give you some of the answers, so you can help others make decisions about their career and future studies.
Apprenticeships offer a great alternative to university for those who want to ‘earn as they learn’. All of our programmes lead to permanent roles with us, so there is no need to worry about finding a job when the apprenticeship comes to an end. Learners study for nationally recognised apprenticeships and some programmes also include a degree or professional qualifications. So a BT apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work for a great company while learning new skills.
Of course, the most important thing is to make informed decisions. So, have a look at our roles, what you can learn and how long the programmes last.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is the chance to jump into a real role, taking on responsibility and learning new skills from day one. Working alongside experienced colleagues, our apprentices gain a wealth of experience as well as job-specific skills. All our apprenticeships are nationally recognised and some include professional qualifications.
In a nutshell, the main benefit of an apprenticeship is that you can earn as well as learn.
Our apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, although you’ll need to make sure you meet the academic entry requirements. These vary by scheme; you can find out more on Our Programmes page.
Who funds the apprenticeship?
Our apprentices don’t pay anything towards their apprenticeship. All training costs are covered and we pay their salary. There’s no catch, it really is earning while you are learning.
How long does it take?
It depends on the apprenticeship you’ve applied for.We offer everything from a 15 month, Level 2 apprenticeship in customer service to five year Level 7 degree apprenticeship in finance. Typically our apprenticeships last between two and four years. You’ll be able to see specific details on the Our Programmes page.
How is learning achieved through the apprenticeship?
Our apprenticeships are designed so they offer a structured programme that takes the apprentices through the skills they need to eventually be working at the standard required for the role.
Our apprentices study whilst they work. We do this through a combination of online study with our training providers, and off-the-job learning. This might be on one day a week, or a block of days at a time. If you are studying away for more than one day, there may be a need to stay overnight (don’t worry, we pay for a hotel if needed).
Once we and our training provider are confident you’ve have learnt all you need and are working at the required standard, you will take an End Point Assessment. This is a series of tests designed for you to demonstrate what you can do. We will work with you to make sure you only take these tests when you are confident you are ready.