What’s an Apprenticeship?

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.

What Can You Earn?

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.

Apprenticeship Levels

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

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Useful Links

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