How to become The Apprentice (without going on TV!)

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How to become The Apprentice (without going on TV!)

The new series of The Apprentice starts on BBC One on 6 January 2022. This year’s candidates will battle it out through 12 episodes in the hope of becoming Lord Sugar’s next business partner.

Here at Ixion, we make it easy to start your future as an apprentice. But what exactly are apprenticeships? We have created this handy guide to help you understand what an apprenticeship is, how they differ from the TV show and how you can apply.

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Unlike The Apprentice on TV, you don’t have to be a high-flying business professional. Real world apprenticeships are open to anyone looking to start or change careers, or to upskill if you’re already in employment.

What are apprenticeships?

Becoming an apprentice is a very different experience from the TV series. Apprenticeships are for anyone aged 16+ and cover a wide range of sectors and subjects, from digital media and marketing to construction to education.

They are training programmes lasting between 12 and 30 months providing you with practical, on-the-job experience and qualifications.

An apprenticeship allows you to earn and learn which means you get new skills, qualifications, and get paid at the same time.

Who are apprenticeships for?

Unlike The Apprentice on TV, you don’t have to be a high-flying business professional. Real world apprenticeships are open to anyone looking to start or change careers, or to upskill if you’re already in employment.

Anyone aged 16 or over can undertake an apprenticeship, so everyone from school leavers to late career changers can take advantage.

What do apprentices get paid?

An apprenticeship is a real job, so you’ll get paid and be entitled to the National Minimum Wage, although you may be paid more depending on the employer. You’ll also receive a contract from your employer that includes holiday and sick leave.

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

The good news here is that you don’t have to go through a 12-week recruitment process like the candidates vying to team up with Lord Sugar.

To apply for an apprenticeship simply head over to our Apprenticeship Vacancies page, find the opportunity you’d like to apply for and submit your C.V.

Alternatively, you can use the GOV.UK Find an Apprenticeship site where you can search for opportunities by location and subject.

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