Doing an apprenticeship gives you the chance to earn while you learn.  An apprenticeship may be a better option for you than further or even higher education. Until you are 18, you must continue to learn for at least one day a week, even if you are employed. Employers will be looking for people who are keen to learn and able to work hard.  

There are different levels of apprenticeship available:

  • intermediate level apprenticeships – level 2
  • advanced level apprenticeships– level 3
  • higher apprenticeships – level 4, 5, 6 and 7
  • degree apprenticeships - levels 6 and 7

The length of these apprenticeships will be based upon your knowledge and experience and the type of apprenticeship but will last at least 12 months and will include an end point assessment.

Apprenticeships are based on an apprenticeship standard developed by employer groups or an apprenticeship framework (these are being gradually replaced by standards). You may be required to develop your Maths and English. Your training will be provided by a training provider which may be a local college and it will be their job and your employer's to help you succeed in your apprenticeship.

What types of apprenticeships are there?

You can do an apprenticeship in more than 170 disciplines – everything from business administration to engineering, from nail technology to bricklaying, from aerospace to broadcast media. Just about every career you can think of is available as an apprenticeship somewhere.  

How do I find local apprenticeships?

How much will I earn?

There is a national minimum hourly rate of pay for apprentices. Employers can pay more than this if they feel it is appropriate to the role. Apprentices are paid for all the time they are on the apprenticeship, including training time.

Your pay may increase as you develop your knowledge and skills and as your career progresses.

Did you know?

Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal. [Source:]


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