An apprenticeship is a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain the necessary skills and professional competencies in your chosen career. You’ll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship you will hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen career.
As of May 2018 the minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 per hour (see this page for up-to-date figures), but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week.
|Name||Level||Equivalent education level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes|
|Advanced||3||2 A level passes|
|Higher||4, 5, 6 & 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 & 7||Bachelor’s or master’s degree|