An apprenticeship combines learning in the workplace while working “on the job” (while getting paid), with education which is delivered in a classroom or workshop.

Mentor showing an apprentice how to operate a drill press in a workshop setting
A welder working and emitting a large amount of orange sparks
Mechanical workshop with apprentice mechanics working on multiple cars, one of which is on a lift

This route does more than just prepare you for work, it puts you in a position where you can start learning core skills immediately, giving you hands-on experience from the get-go.

From engineering and catering, to nuclear and construction, apprenticeships can provide the ideal route into a variety of jobs. What’s more, through Skillshub Cumbria you can be confident that you will be taught by industry-experts and in world-class facilities.

An apprenticeship is perfect for those looking to gain valuable experience in the world of work, streamlining the journey from education into your chosen career.

Joinery apprentice erecting internal studwork.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn all of the skills and knowledge you need for your chosen career – and get paid at the same time.

Some apprenticeships require you to attend college each week, while others are entirely work-based, but all include support from industry experts to make sure that you learn everything you need.

More information about the benefits of apprenticeships can be found here.

Students looking through microscopes in a laboratory setting

Do I have to cover the costs?

No. The cost of your apprenticeship is funded by the Government and your employer, so you there are no student loans or tuition fees.

You will be paid for your apprenticeship and are entitled to the apprentice rate if you are aged 16 to 18 or in the first year of your apprenticeship. Once you turn 19, or complete the first year of your apprenticeship, you will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

For more information about becoming an apprentice, click here.

Lakes College and the National College for Nuclear offer fantastic courses. They’ve got a great support network and I definitely would not have the career that I have today without them.

Martyne Simpson, Science & Engineering