What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship means you work and get paid while you learn an industry skill.  It’s a real job with real training, meaning you gain hands-on work experience as well as a formal qualification.  As an apprentice you learn ‘on-the-job’, which may mean that you go to college on day release or undertake all of your training at work – it varies depending on your role and your employer.

There are four levels of Apprenticeship in total and the level of Apprenticeship you do will depend on previous qualifications and experience and the type of industry you will work in.

What are the benefits?

  • Apprenticeships give vital ‘hands-on’ practical experience to young people looking to pursue a career in a specific industry.
  • Apprentices are employed and earn a salary. This means no student debt and no fees to pay.
  • The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approximately £170 per week*.
  • Apprentices are provided with the standard benefits that come with most other jobs, such as paid annual leave and bank holidays (unless the role specifically requires work on these days).
  • Apprenticeships are nationally-recognised qualifications that are valued by employers and universities.

How do they compare?

It’s important to know how Apprenticeships compare with other qualifications that are available to your child. The table below shows how the Apprenticeships we offer fit in with other qualifications.

I am looking for an Apprenticeship and don’t have an employer

Apprenticeships are the ideal way to develop knowledge and skills in the workplace whilst undertaking a programme of study.

Apprenticeships mean you can further your career and earn a wage at the same time. You will gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst learning industry specific skills in the work place. Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised in industry as the standard for work-based learning.

I am looking for an Apprenticeship and I have an employer

If you’re working full-time but want to develop your skills and knowledge alongside your job, then an Apprenticeship could be just right for you.  An Apprenticeship is a training programme that offers you the best of both worlds – giving you the chance to earn while you learn and develop your career.

They’re designed to give you the job specific skills you need to work in industry, working alongside experienced staff to achieve sought-after qualifications and helping you to progress in your job – all while earning a wage.

I am a parent looking for information about Apprenticeships

It’s important that the choices your child makes once they leave school are the right ones.  As the key decision maker in your child’s life, the best way is to make sure they’re well informed about all the options open to them.  One of these options is an Apprenticeship.

Put simply, an Apprenticeship is a job with training. An apprentice is employed in a specific job role but receives training to help them develop the specialist skills and knowledge required to perform their role to a high standard.
Apprenticeships are available at three levels: