Apprenticeships explained

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to gain a career skill set which could literally set your future career path.  An apprenticeship gives you a career taster, with real experiences whilst you train and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing.


  • Level 2 / Intermediate Apprenticeship (GCSE level – can be equivalent to 5 GCSE’s graded at A – C)
  • Level 3 / Advanced Apprenticeship  (A Level – similar to 2 A Levels )
  • Level 4 / Higher Apprenticeship (Students can achieve up to university level qualifications)

The majority of apprenticeships will take between 1 – 4 years, including assignments and practical evidence to show in order to complete your qualification.


The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16 to 18 year is £3.50 per hour (April 2017), however it’s encouraged that employers pay more than the minimum.

If you are 19+ for the first year of your apprenticeship, you will be on the apprenticeship minimum wage. After 1 year you will go up to the national minimum wage for your age group.

If you are already employed and have started and apprenticeship in the company you’re currently with to extend your skills, your pay should not change.


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