Apprenticeships Learner FAQs
An Apprenticeship is a structured training programme that allows learners of all ages to ‘earn while you learn’. An Apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and expertise required by businesses, giving you the opportunity to gain on the job experience and develop knowledge, skills and behaviours which will lead and a nationally-recognised qualification.
Why should I do an Apprenticeship?
There are many benefits to doing an Apprenticeship, including:
- Earn while you learn – you get paid a salary
- Receive nationally-recognised qualifications
- Get paid holiday pay
- Apprenticeships can offer progression to degree level qualification
- Gain quality, job-specific training and experience
- Apprenticeships are Government funded so you don’t end up with any student loans to repay
- Government research says that 83% of former Apprentices believe their Apprenticeship boosted their career prospects
How long does an Apprenticeship take?
All Apprenticeships vary in length depending on the industry sector, level and the job role, but generally an Apprenticeship will last between 12 months and 4 years.
How much do Apprentices get paid?
The current minimum wage rate for an Apprentice is £3.90 per hour. This rate applies to Apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. You must be paid at least the national minimum wage rate if you’re an Apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.
What is the eligibility criteria?
Anyone can apply for an Apprenticeship if they are living in England, over the age of 16 and not in full-time education. Each Apprenticeship Standard has its own specific entry criteria and we can talk you though this at any stage.
What qualifications do Apprenticeships offer?
Some Apprenticeship Standards offer a variety of nationally-recognised, work-based qualifications. These will depend on the specific Standard required.
All Apprenticeship Standards can be found here.
What are the different levels of Apprenticeships?
There are three levels of Apprenticeships:
|Intermediate||Level: 2||Equivalence: GCSE|
|Advanced||Level: 3||Equivalence: A level|
|Higher||Levels: 4, 5, 6 & 7||Equivalence: Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||Levels: 6 & 7||Equivalence: Bachelor’s or master’s degree|
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