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Apprenticeship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

28 June 2024
Wondering where to start with apprenticeships? We have put together the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Wondering where to start with apprenticeships? We have put together some frequently asked questions to hopefully answer all your questions. Read on to find out more about apprenticeships.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on the job training with study, allowing you to gain practical skills and earn a wage whilst studying.

Why should I do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to kick-start your career. Whether you are seeking more experience, wanting to earn a wage whilst working towards a qualification, developing current skills to progress within your career, or looking for a change in career. Apprenticeships give you high quality training and are available within a diverse range of sectors going up to degree levels.

Who can apply for an apprenticeship?

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must live in England, be at least 16 years old and not be in full time education when it comes to starting your apprenticeship. There is no age limit so whether you are looking for new skills, a qualification, a change in career or to progress in your current role then an apprenticeship might be for you.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships typically between 12-24 months depending on the level of qualifications they can last much longer.

Will I get paid during my apprenticeship?

Yes, you are entitled to a wage per the guidelines set by the UK government. Apprentices are paid a wage by their employer for the duration of their apprenticeship, which includes the time spent on training. As well apprentices are entitled to a minimum of 20 days paid leave each year, plus bank holidays and sick pay.

What qualifications will I earn through my apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships offer a variety of different levels.

  • Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE.
  • Level 3 is equivalent to an A Level.
  • Levels 4 and 5 is equivalent to a Foundation Degree and above.
  • Level 6 and 7 is equivalent to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree.

What happens at the end of an apprenticeship?

By the end of the apprenticeship, you will have developed skills and knowledge as well as a qualification to progress in your industry. After your apprenticeship there may be further opportunities to complete a higher-level apprenticeship to develop your skills and role further. Employers are not obliged to offer you a permanent role though they are keen to invest in future talent and most apprentices do end up being offered a permanent role.

Where can I apply for an apprenticeship?

To view our current vacancies, discover our apprenticeship programmes.