Apprenticeship FAQs Apprenticeship FAQs

Are you a school leaver aged 16-18?

Do you think an Apprenticeship might be the right path for you?

As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2022, we look at some of the frequently asked questions you might have about Apprenticeships before taking the leap …

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training. You can earn a wage while working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification linked to your chosen career. Apprenticeships are equivalent to a full-time academic qualification and there are a wide range of areas you can complete an Apprenticeship in.

Are there any Apprenticeship jobs at the moment?

Yes, the good news is that we are still seeing vacancies for Apprenticeships being advertised across England, however there are less than we would normally be enjoying at this point in the year. If you can’t find a vacancy, don’t worry, we can get you started on a qualification to help you develop the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Then once an opportunity becomes available, you will be able to transfer to an Apprenticeship.

What does an Apprenticeship involve?

Training combines off-the-job study with learning and development in the workplace. Some Apprenticeships take place fully in the workplace.

How many hours a week do I work?

This depends on the industry and the employer, please ask upon applying for your chosen Apprenticeship.

How long will my Apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships typically last for one to four years depending on the area of study. The majority of Apprenticeships last for two years.

Can an Apprenticeship lead to university?

Yes! A growing number of Apprentices also go onto Higher Apprenticeships to gain degree level qualifications, but without the expense of going to university.

What grades do I need to do an Apprenticeship?

Level 2 Apprenticeship – 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above (one in English or Maths) or equivalent. Level 3 Apprenticeship – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above (one in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent. These requirements are subject to change and may also differ to meet the needs of the employer. As well as a College interview, progression onto an Apprenticeship is subject to an employer interview. Don’t worry if you didn’t get the required grades, we can work with you to find a suitable route on to your Apprenticeship.

How much do I get paid?

All Apprentices receive at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage of £4.30* per hour in their first year, however some employers do choose to pay more.

Where do I find live vacancies I can apply for?

All our latest Apprentice vacancies can be found here.

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