Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications
and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn
and you gain practical skills from the workplace.
What is an apprenticeship?
What are the advantages of an apprenticeship?
Will an apprenticeship give me a good career?
Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the
course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn, on
average, £100,000 more than those without*.
*A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships and Other Vocational
Qualifications, University of Sheffield, 2007
Some Apprenticeships already attract UCAS points or allow you to
study for a Technical Certificate. Once the Apprenticeship has
finished there's the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get
promoted or go on to higher education in a college or
I have a degree; can a university graduate do an Apprenticeship?
Will I get paid?
Yes, all employed apprentices will get a wage. The National
Minimum Wage (NMW) is currently £2.60 per hour.
However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase
wages - in fact; research has found that apprentices earn an
average of £170 net pay per week.
The apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to
those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
If you reach age 19 and have completed the first year of your
Apprenticeship your employer must pay you at least the full NMW
rate for those aged 18 to 20.
If you are already 19 and have completed the first year of your
Apprenticeship you must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage
rate for your age.
Do I get holidays?
How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?
The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills
levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the
industry sector. Generally, apprenticeships take between one
and four years to complete.
Is there an upper age limit for Apprenticeships?