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Apprenticeships are a great route for entering the word of work and gaining training, skills and experience in the workplace whilst also earning money along the way.

There’s an apprenticeship for every industry and job that a candidate is interested in, and it’s also now possible to progress to a degree-level apprenticeship.

  

Below are just a few of the questions we’ve answered but if you click to read more, then you’ll see that there are lots of questions about apprenticeships answered right here on our website.

Q&A
How old does an apprentice need to be?

If someone is aged 16 and above, they can become an apprentice.

Apprenticeships have changed a huge amount over this last decade or so and there are so many opportunities for people of all ages. They’re no longer just for school leavers.

Someone may have gone to university and decided it’s not for them, or they may be a mature worker who’s ready for a change; apprenticeships certainly aren’t just for people aged between 19 and 23!

Instead, they’re an ideal way for people to continue learning throughout life as they can now progress all the way up to degree level apprenticeships.

How can an apprentice progress afterwards?

Once an apprentice has finished their apprenticeship, they’ll be a much better position to progress in their career. With an apprenticeship under their belt, they can use this experience to work their way up the career ladder and achieve their ambitions. Apprentices may even decide to progress to embark on a degree-level apprenticeship and continue their learning.

Many apprentices receive a pay rise after completing their apprenticeship.

Why not just get a job?

An apprenticeship offers lots of additional benefits to simply having a job – but in short, it allows people to earn while you learn!

The qualification and experience gained will be based on the skills and knowledge that are required for the job someone is doing – and people can progress further up the career ladder while taking home a wage at the end of the week or month.

Also, with an apprenticeship people will set themselves up for the future – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training.

What will an apprentice be paid?

Every employer offering an apprenticeship vacancy will decide what they want to pay their apprentices and this information will be set out in the job description. Like all jobs, salaries vary depending on job role, location, the sector it’s in and how much responsibility an apprentice is given.

However, there’s a National Minimum Wage for apprentices under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship. If an apprentice is aged 19 or over and past the first year of their apprenticeship, they’ll be entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate that applies to their age.

How do apprentices do their training if they’re working?

There are different ways to complete the training that forms part of an apprenticeship and every apprenticeship is different but usually includes:

  • On-the-job training: developing skills in the workplace by working with colleagues who will show apprentices how to carry out certain tasks – either in formal, structured sessions or informal and unplanned learning.
  • Off-the-job training: learning and developing skills and knowledge away from the apprentice’s place of work. Apprentices might need to access a computer to do some online learning or go to one of our training centres where they can learn in a classroom or workshop.
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92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
Apprenticeships we deliver....
  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Team Leading and Supervisor
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