Apprenticeships are a great way of getting qualifications, work experience and a career. You also get paid to learn on the job!
Apprenticeships are the ideal way to develop knowledge and skills within the workplace while undertaking a programme of study. Apprentices spend most of the week working and the rest of the week learning.
To be an apprentice, you need an employer. If don’t have an employer, please take a look at the type of Apprenticeship Frameworks that can be delivered with an employer and then take a look at our current apprenticeship vacancies.
When you find an apprenticeship for a career you’re interested in, click the ‘register here’ button and complete the form. We will then get in touch with you to discuss your next step. You can also register your interest with the National Apprenticeship Service by using the link.
Are working hours and conditions the same as others at work?
An apprentice is an employee. This means that you have exactly the same employee rights as anyone else employed by the company and that your employer cannot exploit you.
Although you will still be in training during your time on an apprenticeship, you will receive a regular wage and still be entitled to holidays.
As an apprentice, you earn while you learn, gaining practical and transferable skills while keeping your options open. You will be employed and:
- Earn a salary each month
- Be entitled to annual leave
- Vocational training on and off site
- Work experience
- Employers reference on completion
If you are aged 16 to 18 years and this is your first job rest assured you will do real work for a real employer, earning real money at the same time as acquiring your qualifications.
What is the National Minimum Wage for an apprentice?
From April 1st 2018 (current)
21 and over: £7.38 rate per hour
18 to 20: £5.90 rate per hour
Under 18: £4.20 rate per hour
Apprentice (all apprentices under age 19 AND any apprentice, regardless of age, in first year of apprenticeship): £3.70 rate per hour