What does an apprenticeship involve?

Most of your time – 80% – will be spent learning on the job. From day one, you will be an employee and you will be in the workplace.

20% of your time as an apprentice will be spent training off-the-job. That means that if you’re doing a full-time apprenticeship of five days a week, one day a week will be spent on training away from where you normally work.

Towards the end of your apprenticeship, you may have to take an End Point Assessment where you will demonstrate the skills you have learned.

Once you’ve finished your apprenticeship, including passing any End Point Assessment, you’ll get a certificate of completion as proof.

​​​​What can I do an apprenticeship in?

There are now over 500 apprenticeships on offer, ranging from hairdressing to engineering – whatever your chosen career, there’s an apprenticeship to get you started.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to everybody over the age of 16. Different apprenticeships have different entry requirements – some need a certain number of GCSEs, for example. You’ll usually need to have got good GCSEs in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications– but don’t worry if you haven’t as you’ll be given extra help to get up to the necessary standard as part of your apprenticeship.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

It depends on the apprenticeship – the minimum length of a full-time apprenticeship is a year but there are many which last longer.

I can’t work full-time – can I still do an apprenticeship?

If you have other commitments, you can choose to do an apprenticeship part-time. You will get the same experience and the same training, it will just take you longer to finish the apprenticeship.

What does an apprenticeship pay?

If you’re 16-18 years old, or 19+ and in the first year of your apprenticeship, you’ll get a minimum of £4.15 per hour. If you’re 19+ and not in the first year of your apprenticeship, you’ll get at least the National Minimum Wage. However, many apprenticeships pay more than the legal minimum.

You’ll be paid while you’re at work and while you’re training off-the-job. You’ll also get 20 days of paid holidays a year (less if your apprenticeship is part-time).

And your apprenticeship will keep paying you back throughout your career – you’ll get an earnings boost of at least 10%. Some apprenticeships could see you earning £150,000 more over your career! 

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