About Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship gives you the real work experience you need to succeed, with an employer, in a job with a salary and the opportunity to gain qualifications while you work – even a degree. All of this with a local, national or global employer.

9670249391_f2f03d99ef_bApprenticeships are very much like normal, full time jobs but with tailored training and qualifications included within them.

As an Apprentice you be employed on a full time basis, and will have time set aside as part of your employment to work towards Apprenticeship qualifications working with your employer and training provider.

Some training can be within the work setting or could be delivered at the premises of the college or training provider perhaps 1 day a week. There is also other delivery methods for example the training may be delivered on block release.

To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience in the workplace, employability skills and qualifications. An apprenticeship gives you all of these by combining on the job training with study meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take and in what industry.

The national minimum wage for an apprentice is aged 16-18 is £3.40 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However many employers pay more than this.

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship, for example some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week.

So did you see £3.40 per hour as the minimum wage in the sentences above or did you see the potential?

Many businesses employ apprentices, small employers with less than 10 employees, all the way up to large multi-national and global companies based in England. You may want to apply locally or be prepared to apply for an apprenticeship away from home.

Apprenticeships are available in many industries from A to Z, from Accountancy through to Zoo Keeper.

What interests you? That is an important question because what an employer is interested in when they are looking for an apprentice is punctuality, reliability and having a real interest in the job, alongside a willingness to learn.


There are many ways to find an apprenticeship

Research some websites

  • Local Council
  • Companies
  • Recruitment agencies
  • Adverts in the local paper
  • A follow on from Work experience
  • Speculative letters to companies
  • Contact your local Training Provider or College
  • One to one discussion with a friend of your parents
  • You approaching direct a company you think would offer an apprenticeship

You can also search live vacancies to see what is available and apply using the Find an Apprenticeship tool below.

You can expect to complete an application form and provide an up to date CV. Some employers will ask you to take a short test before an interview or give you a short task to complete. You can then expect an interview with the employer.

Good luck – Please bear in mind applying for an apprenticeship is applying for a job, others may be interested as well, it may be competitive, so be your best you that you can be.



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