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Apprenticeship Scheme

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Many hundreds of Islanders have successfully trained for rewarding careers through the States Registered Apprenticeship Scheme.

The Scheme has been in existence for over 40 years now and is still viewed by many people both in industry and education as one of the best youth training systems in Europe.

What does the scheme offer?

Well, firstly it allows you to work in a recognized trade and study for further qualifications at the same time. Importantly, it gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn. So if you are the type of person who doesn't want to be sitting in a classroom all day every day but still wants to get some qualifications - an Apprenticeship could be for you.

Apprentices spend the majority of their working week training on the job with their employer and in most trades they will also spend a day a week (and often an evening as well) at the Guernsey College of Further Education on a practical training course.

Even if you are working in one of the few trades for which there is no college training available in Guernsey, you may still get some off-the-job training by day-release or block-release in the UK.

Around 300 employers are presently registered with the Apprenticeship Scheme providing training for around 25 different trades.

At any one time, there are usually between 300 and 400 apprentices in training - which means that around a quarter of young people who leave school aged 15 or 16 go into an apprenticeship.

Use the links on this page to access further information about applying for an apprenticeship and what opportunities are currently available.

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