Apprenticeships – Learner FAQs

What is an apprenticeship?

 

An apprenticeship is a training programme that allows young people and adult learners to ‘earn while you learn’. They provide you with the skills and expertise required by businesses, giving you the opportunity to gain on the job experience, job-specific knowledge 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 for the hours spent training ‘on the job’
  • Receive nationally recognised qualifications
  • Get paid holiday pay
  • An apprenticeship offers progression to degree level
  • Gain quality, job-specific training and experience
  • For 16-18 year olds, 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 1 and 4 years.

 

How much do apprentices get paid?

 

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.30 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 minimum wage rate if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year. For more details click this link.

 

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.

 

What qualifications do apprenticeships offer?

 

Apprenticeships offer a variety of nationally recognised, work-based qualifications, such as NVQs, Key Skills and BTECs. These will depend on the industry sector and what level the apprenticeship is.

 

What are the different levels of apprenticeships?

 

There are three levels of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Higher Apprenticeship

Generally, Intermediate Apprenticeships are the equivalent to 5 A* – C grade GCSEs or a level 2 vocational qualification; Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to 2 A Level passes or a level 3 vocational qualification, and Higher Apprenticeships are equivalent to a Foundation degree or level 4 work-based qualification.

 

How does an apprenticeship work?

 

An apprenticeship program combines study with practical experience. You will work a minimum of 30 hours on-site, learning job-specific skills from trained staff and gaining relevant experience in all areas of the job role. The studying portion of the apprenticeship will usually take place on day-release at an appropriate learning venue.