Doing an apprenticeship gives you the chance to work toward a relevant qualification whilst you are earning.  An apprenticeship may be a better option for you than further or even higher education. Until you are 18, you must continue to learn for at least one day a week, even if you are employed. Employers will be looking for people who are keen to learn and able to work hard.  

There are three levels of apprenticeship available:

  • intermediate level apprenticeships – level 2
  • advanced level apprenticeships– level 3
  • higher apprenticeships – level 4

The length of these apprenticeships will be based upon your knowledge and experience and the type of apprenticeship. Most apprenticeships are based on a framework agreed by each industry with a technical certificate (theory), an NVQ (work-based qualification) and functional skills (English, Maths and ICT) where this support is needed. Your training may be provided by your employer, or by another organisation (either a further education college or a training provider). It will be their job to help you to get your qualifications. 

What types of apprenticeships are there?

You can do an apprenticeship in more than 170 disciplines – everything from business administration to engineering, from nail technology to bricklaying, from aerospace to broadcast media. Just about every career you can think of is available as an apprenticeship somewhere.  

How do I find local apprenticeships?

How much will I earn?

There is a national minimum hourly rate of pay for apprentices. Employers can pay more than this if they feel it is appropriate to the role. Apprentices are paid for all the time they are on the apprenticeship, including training time.

Your pay may increase as you develop your knowledge and skills and as your career progresses.

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Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries, including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance [Source:]


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