Information about Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.
Levels of apprenticeship
An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:
- Intermediate – equivalent to 5GCSE passes
- Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
- Higher – can lead toNVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
Who can apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
- 16 or over
- living in England
- not in full-time education
How to apply
There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.
- Search for an apprenticeship by clicking the button above or here.
- Click to find out more about the apprenticeship and then fill out the contact us form.
- We will contact you to complete your application.
The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.
If you’re unsuccessful
You can ask for feedback if you don’t get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.
You can complain if you think you weren’t successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.
Pay and conditions
- You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship.
- You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
- The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £2.73 per hour.
- This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
- You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.
Check you’re being paid the minimum wage with the national minimum wage calculator.
Hours apprentices are paid for
You must be paid for:
- your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
- training that’s part of your apprenticeship (usually one day per week)
- You’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.