What is an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is where you get to work and gain a qualification at the same time. 

What do you get for doing an apprenticeship? 

  • Paid a wage
  • Get the skills employers want
  • More likely to progress quicker than a student
  • Have a mentor and learn at the pace that is right for you
  • Get paid when you are on holiday
  • Set yourself up for your future

How does an apprenticeship work? 

There are different apprenticeship levels. These levels are dependent on the role and qualification you will gain and will decide the amount you are paid. 

The levels are:

Level Name Equivalent Education Level
Level 2 Intermediate 5 GCSE's
Level 3 Advanced 2 A level passes
Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 Higher Foundation degree and above
Level 6 and 7 Degree Bachelor's or Master's degree

The minimum amount you can earn is £3.50 per hour but many companies will pay more than this. When applying for an apprenticeship the wage should be on the job listing. 

To find out how you can apply for an apprenticeship go to 'Applying for apprenticeships'.