What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training which allows you to get paid while you learn and get a qualification. Most of the training takes place:

  • in the work place;
  • ‘off the job’ with a training provider; or
  • at a college.

What can apprentices get?

  • A nationally recognised vocational qualification
  • Functional skills such as working in teams, problem solving, literacy and numeracy, communication and using new technology
  • A technical certificate such as a BTEC or City and Guilds
  • Other professional qualifications or job requirements.

Levels of apprenticeships

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (level 2)
    For motivated 16-18 year olds or those over 18 starting in a new occupational area.
  • Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3)
    For 16-18 year olds with excellent GCSEs and work ready skills, or over 18s who have finished A levels, post 16 vocational courses or have been in work.
  • Higher Apprenticeship (level 4 or above)
    For over 18s with qualifications that would allow them to get a place at university, or equivalent work experience.
  • Degree Apprenticeship (level 4-6)
    For over 18s who wish to gain a full degree whilst earning

How much do apprentices earn?

The amount you earn depends on the sector, region and apprenticeship level.

  • There is a minimum wage for apprentices if you are under 19 or in your first year of an apprenticeship but many pay above this minimum
  • Some Higher apprenticeships and Degree apprenticeships pay significantly more than the minimum wage

Who can apply?

You can become an apprentice if you are over 16 years old. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. You will need to be:

  • committed;
  • motivated;
  • enthusiastic; and
  • reliable with a ‘can-do’ attitude.

How long do they last?

Apprenticeships last for at least one year. Many can take longer if they are:

  • at a higher level; or
  • in certain sectors such as engineering.

After the apprenticeship

Apprentices can move on to:

  • full time employment;
  • a higher level apprenticeship; or
  • vocational or academic study, including university degrees.

Advice and information

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This page was last modified on: 5 Aug 2019