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.
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.