What are they?
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply.
They take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,400 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy.
- Earn a salary
- Get paid holidays
- Receive training
- Gain qualifications
- Learn job-specific skills
Levels of Apprenticeship
There are 3 levels in England:
- Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
- Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
- Higher Apprenticeships – lead to NVQ Level 4 or Foundation Degree
Pay and Holidays
You’ll be paid from the first day of your apprenticeship. The minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.65 per hour and applies to workers aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship.
But many earn more. On average apprentices earn £170 per week and some around £210.
If you’re aged 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you’ll be paid at least the National Minimum Wage rate for your age.
Apprentices get at least 20 days of holiday per year, plus bank holidays.
Apprenticeships can lead to:
- National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2,3,4 or 5
- Functional Skills qualifications, e.g.. in maths, English or ICT
- a technical certificate, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award
- knowledge-based qualifications, such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Foundation degree
Let’s Get Started
Step 1. Find out what you are interested in
Step 2. Visit the website on: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
Step 3. Select the area of work you are interested in
Step 4. Check out the type of apprenticeship available in your area(s) of work
Step 5. Apply