Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a wage. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.

The rest of the training will be given by your training organisation; either in the workplace, day release to a college or training provider or via e-learning. An Apprenticeship can take between one and five years to complete depending on the level of qualification.

All Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage and many employers pay significantly more. The current minimum wage rate for an Apprentice is £4.15 per hour (1st April 2020). This rate applies to Apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over, who are in their first year.

Your current skills and qualifications will form the starting point for your Apprenticeship journey. Learners starting on an Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 can progress onto an Advanced  Apprenticeship level 3. Some learners, depending on qualifications will commence the programme at Level 3 and then they can progress onto a Higher Apprenticeship.

Key Benefits:

  • Earn a wage
  • Paid holidays
  • Learn job specific skills
  • Full support whilst training
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Enjoy great career prospects

There are plenty of options on completing an Apprenticeship programme to enter skilled employment and further training or to progress onto a Higher Apprenticeship either part time or full time.

INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP

LEVEL 2

EQUIVALENT TO 5 GCSE PASSES AT GRADE 9-4

ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP

LEVEL 3

EQUIVALENT TO 2 A LEVEL PASSES / LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA / INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

HIGHER
APPRENTICESHIP

LEVEL 4, 5

EQUIVALENT TO A HIGHER EDUCATION CERTIFICATION, HIGHER EDUCATION DIPLOMA OR A FOUNDATION DEGREE

DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP

LEVEL 6 AND 7

EQUIVALENT TO A BACHELOR’S OR MASTER’S DEGREE

An apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete. The duration of an apprenticeship depends on age, prior skills, apprenticeship type/level, and sector

How to apply

  • Click on ‘find and apply for Apprenticeships’
  • Click on ‘create an account’ and register your details
  • Don’t forget to set up alerts to get notifications of Apprenticeships that may interest you

Once you have created an account you are then able to start applying for an Apprenticeship. Remember:

  • Ensure you have an appropriate email address and voice mail on your mobile
  • Make sure you ‘sell yourself’ on your application form/s

For any queries on ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ contact the National helpdesk – 0800 0150 400 Or email

Not ready for an apprenticeship?

How about a study programme including traineeship?

Resources

How to write a winning application (PDF)

A guide to Apprenticeships (PDF)

The A-Z of Apprenticeships (PDF)

Guide to Apprenticeships support (PDF)

Apprenticeships pack for 16-19 years olds (PDF)