What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training. Mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning, being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills, all whilst working and earning a wage.​​​


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A paid, full time job combined with a training course that leads to recognised qualifications and valuable work experience

Apprenticeships are between 1 to 5 years in duration and follow Apprenticeship Standards. Apprentices work at least 30 hours a week, and are allowed time each week to work towards their qualification

• The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour, but many businesses pay much more than this. You can learn more about apprenticeship pay and conditions on the GOV.UK - Become an apprentice page

Who organises your training?

The Business – they employ you

The training provider – they enrol you on a course, support you and assess your progress; they also arrange certification at the end of your training

Levels of apprenticeship

Intermediate - Level 2, GCSE standard

Advanced - Level 3, A-Level standard

Higher - Level 4-5, Foundation degree standard and above

Degree - Level 6-7, BA or MA degree standard

Ready for more? Find out about getting experience before starting an apprenticeship and how and where to apply.​​