What is an apprenticeship?
It’s a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work
How old do I have to be to become an apprentice?
If you’re 16 or over you can become an apprentice as long as you spend at least 50% of your working hours in England for the duration of the apprenticeship, and you are not in full-time education. There is no upper age limit.
I’m already in work. Can I still follow an apprenticeship?
Yes, provided your employer supports you. Apprenticeships are great for improving your existing skills or learning entirely new ones. They are also a good way for people to get back into work after a career break.
I can only work part-time. Can I do an apprenticeship?
Yes, absolutely as long as it suits the employer and training provider. Your training programme will take longer than if you were working full-time.
I already have a degree but I can’t find the right career for me, can I be an apprentice?
Yes, as long as the apprenticeship training is either at a higher level or in an unrelated area of study to your degree.
Where can I find out more?
There’s a useful website called The Apprenticeship Guide with lots of information, and you can search current apprenticeship vacancies by keyword, level and location here. Plus, check out the Government’s Apprenticeship website.