Is an apprenticeship right for you?

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 two 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. 

What next? 

Once you’ve completed the course, your new qualification might secure you a more permanent job with the same employer. 

Alternatively, it can open the door to opportunities with other employers in a related field. 

Read more about future job prospects

 

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 40s. 

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.

 

 

“83% of apprentices said their career prospects have improved”

National Apprenticeship Service | 2018

“I’m buzzing about completing my apprenticeship, over-the-moon! Completing my apprenticeship has definitely given me more confidence. I was doubting myself at the start but now I’ve proved to myself and the rest of the team that I am a competent technician.”

Dan Gardner 

Materials Technician Apprentice | Balfour Beatty

“My mentor has always found the time to help me and answer any questions I might have. But he would also challenge me and make sure I was on top of my work.”

Dan Gardner 

Materials Technician Apprentice | Balfour Beatty

“University wasn’t for me but I’d heard apprenticeships worked well. I wanted to make sure I would get the training and support I needed to complete the scheme whilst working. Friends and family have commented on how much more confident I have become when talking to new people. I have also become more aware of time management and I now plan for more situations inside and outside of work.”

Lucy Drudge

Business Administration Apprentice | The Pirbright Institute