What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a great way to work and train at the same time. The Apprentice and Employer select a training course that is relevant to the job requirements and combine on and off the job training.

Anybody can undertake an Apprenticeship if they are aged 16+, live in England and have substantive new skills to learn.

Are Apprentices entitled to pay?

Yes, the average salary for an apprentice is £170 per week. Some employers will pay more than this, some will pay less, but no less than a set national minimum wage. The salary should be advertised with the job.

Are Apprentices entitled to holiday allowance?

Yes, Apprentices are entitled to a minimum of 20 days holiday, plus 8 statutory days such as Bank Holidays. Some companies may decide to offer more.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

An Apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on various elements such as the level of Apprenticeship, the Apprentice's ability and the industry sector.

Are there different types of Apprenticeship?

Yes, and below is a breakdown of the Apprenticeship levels and how they are recognised as a national qualification.

Apprenticeship TypeApprenticeship LevelEducational Level
Intermediate25 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4
Advanced32 A Levels
Higher4 or 5Foundation Degree
Degree6 or 7Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

What industry sectors do Apprenticeships cover?

There are Apprenticeships covering more than 170 industries across the UK, including: Art and Design, Accountancy, Business Administration, Construction, Computing and IT, Customer Service, Energy, Engineering, Food and Drink, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Leadership and Coaching, Manufacturing, the Motor Industry, Performing Arts, Retail, Science, Sports Management, Supporting in Schools and Working with Children.

What are the benefits to employers?

  • Better-trained employees, with the right skills
  • Provide your employees with industry-specific expertise directly relevant to the business
  • Improved productivity
  • Business specific training to creating an immediate positive impact to business
  • Motivated and loyal workers
  • Apprentices feel valued, which makes them motivated
  • Progression pathways available to higher qualifications, Foundation Degree, Degree and Professional Qualifications
  • Potential managers / leaders of the future
  • Improved retention especially in high turnover sectors
  • Apprentices are five times more likely to stay with a company than their peers who have not undergone Apprenticeship training (Labour Force Survey 2001-2004)

Who are Apprenticeship providers?

Universities, further education colleges and training providers deliver apprenticeships through various delivery models to suit employers (day release, block release or workplace) ensuring the delivery is most appropriate to the skills and knowledge to be developed.

What is a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship?

Higher Apprenticeships cover all levels from 4 through to 7 covering a variety of job roles in different sectors.

Levels 4 - 7 are equivalent to a Foundation Degree and above. A Degree Apprenticeship is at level 6 and 7 and will contain a full Bachelors (level 6) or Masters (level 7) Degree or equivalent professional qualifications.

You can find out more from the apprenticeshipguide.co.uk.