What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job. With a real career. Where you will learn new skills, get wages, have paid holidays and gain a nationally recognized qualification. You’ll also have the chance to improve on your maths, english and it skills if needed.

Is an apprenticeship for me?

If you have a career path in mind and would rather start work and get paid straight away then an apprenticeship could be for you! An apprenticeship is a quicker direct approach of developing the career you want to get in to! Anyone aged 16 and above can apply for an apprenticeship.

Are apprenticeships all the same?

Apprenticeships come in all different shapes and sizes. So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re more creative than business minded, or more interested in customer service than working with children – there will be a suitable apprenticeship for you!

Apprenticeships are available at different levels to suit your individual needs and requirements.

Benefits of an apprenticeship:

  • Earn and learn at the same time – you’ll receive a salary while you do your apprenticeship.
  • Become an important part of a company
  • Progress into great careers and further qualifications
  • Become competent
  • Paid holidays – you will be eligible for paid holidays during the course of your apprenticeship
  • Free training – funded by the government


How much will I get paid?

The national apprentice minimum wage is £3.50 per hour. This will be your starting wage, and may increase from here.

How many hours per week will I have to work?

An apprenticeship program requires you to work and study for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships last from 12-24 months. Most are a duration of 12 months.

Am I guaranteed a job at the end?

There is no guarantee of a job at the end, however most employers offer you a full time job at the end if you have proved yourself and performed well during the apprenticeship period. In fact, 90% of apprentices stay in employment after the end of their apprenticeships.

How will my work be assessed?

For each unit on your program, you will produce relevant evidence which could range from; a written assignment, an observation by your assessor in your workplace, a testimonial from your employer, etc.

What qualification will I receive at the end?

Depending on which apprenticeship you are doing you will received a specific qualification based on your jobrole

What options do I have for progression afterwards?

There are many progression opportunities from fulltime jobs and further higher education qualifications.