Apprenticeships

What is an Apprenticeship, how much will you earn?

Apprenticeships are great if you know what job you want to do and you want to work and learn at the same time.


What is an apprenticeship?

It won't be like work experience, you will be in a real job, where you will be employed by a company, get paid a salary and be entitled to paid holidays and sick pay. And, you will be working towards qualifications that are relevant to your job.

Over 121,000 under 19 year olds started apprenticeships last year, and on average there are up to 27,000 vacancies online at any one time.

There are over 1,500 different types of jobs you can do an apprenticeship in across 170 different industries, from law to graphic design, advertising to electric vehicle engineering...

What qualifications do I need to do an apprenticeship?

There are apprenticeships available at all levels  - whether you have no qualifications, GCSEs, A levels, BTEC qualifications or a degree!

The level of apprenticeship you start at will depend on the qualifications you have, the job you are applying for, and the apprenticeship standard the employer wants to use.

Find out more about the levels, entry requirements and how long each can last.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged above 16 years old who live in England, who is not in full time education.

Apprenticeships start throughout the year and you can be an apprentice at any age, even in your 30s or 40s! 

Do you get a job at the end of your apprenticeship?

Most apprentices do. The National Apprenticeship Service showed that over 90% of apprentices either get a job with the employer they completed their apprenticeship with or go on to find  another job with a different employer.

Click here for Finding an Apprenticeship.

How much will you earn?

The minimum you can earn if you are under 19 years old is £3.90 per hour which works out as £144.30 for a 37 hour week of work and training. 

When you are over 19 and past your first year of your apprenticeship the rates of pay are higher- check what that is here.

In 2016, the average pay for a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship (equivalent to GCSEs and A-levels) – was much higher at nearly £7 an hour, because some employers pay above the basis rate.

The lowest-paid apprenticeships were in hairdressing and childcare. The highest paid are in management, customer service, health, social care and sport. Some apprenticeships pay a lot more, for example, starting pay in the Civil Service as an administration assistant in Bristol is approximately £17,000 per year.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

The length of an apprenticeship depends on the qualification being obtained and the type of job role. For example a level 3 business administration apprenticeship can take 18 months, whilst an engineering apprenticeship could take 4 years to finish. Generally apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete. For anyone between 16 and 18, the minimum duration is 12 months.

What's it like being an apprentice?

As well as learning 'on the job' at work, you will also be given time to train 'off the job'. 

On the Job Training - is in the work place with your employer. You will develop your skills by working with colleagues who will show you how to carry out certain tasks. 

Off the Job Training - is when you learn away from work, often at a local college supported by your training provider.

Your training provider provides an important role in delivering your 'off the job' training by attending regular reviews with your employer and assesses your progress towards your qualifications. It might be that you use a computer to access online learning or you might go to college or a training centre one day a week or on a block for a few weeks at at a time.

You will need to make sure you are managing your work and studies. This means you'll be developing your organisational and time management skills alongside your work skills.

You can have a look at this short film to find out more about apprentices' experiences here in the South of England.

Whats it like being an apprentice?

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