How does it work?
As an apprentice, you’ll work for an employer while pursuing a nationally recognised learning programme.
You’ll spend most of your working time learning the ropes in a hands-on role, with the help of colleagues and mentors. You’ll also spend a fifth of your time focused on the formal learning elements.
By the end of the programme, you’ll have developed the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you’ll need in your chosen field.
Who will support me?
Your expert Tiro tutor will lead you through the learning programme, which combines academic, practical and technical training. This integrated learning allows you to put theory into practice, both on and off the job.
You’ll have a combination of live online training, progress reviews every ten weeks, and additional regular catch-ups. Face-to-face meetings are usually held at your workplace, with video calls in between.
Your ‘on the job’ training will be overseen by a mentor, who will make sure you are supported and developed at work.
How long will I be an apprentice?
Your apprenticeship will last between one and four years, depending on the programme.
As with most jobs, this will be subject to a probationary period where you’ll need to meet certain standards of performance, professionalism, and punctuality.
Some apprentices go on to a higher level apprenticeship programme once they’ve qualified, so you could potentially be an apprentice for several years.
Am I eligible?
Age – There are no age limits for apprenticeships as long as you’re 16 or over. Most Tiro apprentices are between 22 and 30 years old, but our oldest is late 50s.
Residency– You’ll need to have the right to work in the UK and have lived here for 3 years.
Learning needs and disabilities – If you have any additional learning needs or disabilities, you’ll be eligible for extra support. Tiro will make sure that any reasonable adjustments are made to ensure you receive the best possible training experience.
Already employed – If you’re already in a job in your chosen field, you may be able to become an apprentice with your existing employer. About 20% of our apprentices are already in work, but want to gain a relevant qualification. This can broaden your knowledge and skills, and offer a valuable development path.
Already qualified – As a training provider, Tiro needs to show that each apprentice will develop significant new skills on the programme. So if you already have a higher-level qualification in a related field, or lots of experience in a similar role, you may not be eligible. But there’s no harm in applying – we look at each case on its own merits.
of apprentices said their career prospects have improved - National Apprenticeship Service | 2018
Future job prospects
We champion the go-getters who are tackling the big issues of the day, like developing vaccines and solving climate change through science and technology
As a Tiro apprentice, you could join them.
Your next step on the career ladder.
We support all of our apprentices and their employers to decide on their next steps.
Most of Tiro’s employers are keen to see their apprentices develop into permanent employees. That means they can keep hold of all the skills and knowledge you’ve developed throughout your training.
There’s no guarantee of a role, but nor are you obliged to stay put. Some apprentices preferto move on to pastures new, once they’ve completed the programme.
If you do part ways, you’ll be moving on with a nationally-recognised apprenticeship under your belt. Our programmes are all developed in consultation with employer groups and designed with employability in mind. The skills, behaviours and knowledge you’ll develop throughout your apprenticeship are sought after by many fantastic organisations.
So you’ll have plenty of options.Take a look at our programmes
Our Current Programmes
Your training and development doesn’t have to end after an apprenticeship. Ongoing learning is a vital ingredient in career growth, whether that’s in the form of learning on the job, or a more academic route.
It’s not uncommon for an apprentice to complete a programme and then progress to another apprenticeship at a higher level, even up to a degree.
Apprenticeships are just one way to keep learning, and you might choose to pursue further qualifications through your employer, or embark on further training and qualifications elsewhere.
"I started as an apprentice at St Richards in September 2021. I really enjoyed the learning on the job and the online learning of the course content. The school was really supportive and was very flexible with how I completed my apprenticeship. I completed my apprenticeship in Jan 2023 and was supported the whole way through by the mentor from the school and the tutor from Tiro. Once I finished my apprenticeship, I had the opportunity to progress to senior science technician. I have learnt so much in just a short time and have really enjoyed it and all the opportunities that have arisen during this time."Emily Barr Level 3 Laboratory Technician - St Richards Catholic College
"The main surprise from this apprenticeship is that I learned practical and transferable skills that I did not learn from university, that can be transferred into other workplaces."Liam Boyes Materials Technician Apprentice - Aggregate Industries
"I struggled a lot early on in my apprenticeship and to be honest at one point I did honestly think I wasn’t going to be able to finish it. Looking back now that would have been a huge mistake! During my apprenticeship I was always made to feel equal with others and shared equal responsibility, often working independently on site and in the lab carrying out UKAS Accredited tests. "Jack Hodson Materials Technician Apprentice - Balfour Beatty Vinci
"With all the knowledge I have gained through Tiro and KEVICC, I believe that I can take on any challenges I face. "Patrisia Hincheva Laboratory Technician Apprentice - King Edward VI Community College
"The Level 3 program has taught me how to balance work on top of education, and I now feel confident to study at Degree level. The experience I have gained at Waters has made me grow as a professional. Without all of this I would not be able to take the next step into a Level 6 apprenticeship. "Alexandra Lee Laboratory Technician Apprentice - Waters Corporation
"An apprenticeship has benefited me in many ways it has given me an insight on the industry I am in and it has made my confidence grow and grow. It’s also has given me experience and knowledge in the workplace."Zeeshan Palmer Business Administration Apprentice at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
"The whole experience taught me some valuable life lessons, and it’s given me a career with huge responsibilities. I have really matured thanks to the phenomenal support I’ve had from the company to progress my career"Dan Gardener Materials Technician Apprentice - Balfour Beatty
"I love being an apprentice as I can learn and earn. For example, learning helps me understand how things are operated in a business and it helps me to understand what needs to be done in a business. I also love being an apprentice because it develops me as a person and makes me grow in the industry I am in."Zeeshan Palmer Business Administration Apprentice at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.
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