Apprenticeships are open to anyone from the age of 16 and allow people to develop the necessary skills for a career further down the line. You will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues that have gained years of experience within their profession. Apart from learning in the work place, you may be required to attend a day release to a college.

If you’re aged 16 to 18 years, or 19+ and in your first year of an apprenticeship, you should receive the National Minimum Wage for apprentices (£3.70 an hour (as at April 2018). Otherwise, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age and many employers may pay over the minimum.

There are 4 types of apprenticeships:

Intermediate apprenticeships (Level 2, equivalent to GCSE A-C grades)

Advanced apprenticeships (Level 3, equivalent to A Levels)

Higher apprenticeships (Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7, equivalent to foundation degree or above)

Degree apprenticeships (Levels 6 and 7, equivalent to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree) 

Entry requirements 

  • You may need several GCSE passes and will specifically need CGSE passes, or equivalent, in Maths and English. 
  • If you want to do a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship, it would be good to already have completed a Level 2 intermediate apprenticeship; especially if it’s a qualification that’s relevant to the role you’d be required to do for your Level 3.
  • To begin directly with a Level 4 higher apprenticeship, it would be best to have already completed a Level 3.
  • There is often a lot of competition for apprenticeship placements. Therefore, in your application and interview, you need to show enthusiasm and capability. You also need to show that you’re committed to responsibilities, and that you can cope with the required work load and studies.