Apprenticeships explained

Find out more about how apprenticeships work and routes after your apprenticeship

Our apprenticeships are designed to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving you a real advantage in the workplace, with better long-term salary prospects and excellent progression opportunities.

What is an apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeships can take anything from 1-5 years to complete depending on the level and the employer
  • They are open to anyone from the age of 16
  • As well as learning in the workplace, you will attend college on day release (20% of your time will be spent at college)
  • You work towards an apprenticeship standard, which will combine the skills, knowledge and behaviour needed to succeed in your role with any relevant or associated qualifications where required
  • You will develop your skills, including English and maths and ICT
  • If you are aged 16+ and in your first year of an apprenticeship, you will receive at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices (£4.15 an hour as of April 2020). Otherwise, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age. Many employers pay well over the minimum wage.

Entry requirements

Employers will want to make sure that you can cope with the type of the work involved. So the entry requirements will vary depending on the employer and the type and level of apprenticeship.

For direct entry to an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you may need 4-5 GCSEs at grades 9-4/A-C or equivalent, sometimes including particular subjects. You may also be expected to take an entry test.

To start a higher apprenticeship, you are likely to need a qualification at level 3 or sufficient experience.

Industry sectors

We offer apprenticeship training within the following occupational areas:

  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Engineering
  • Electrical Installation
  • Property Maintenance
  • Education

After apprenticeship

After completing your apprenticeship, you may be offered a permanent job. Most successful apprentices (around 90%) stay in employment, often with the same employer. Many apprentices receive increases in salary or job promotions as a result of completing their training while others take the opportunity to progress to higher levels of apprenticeships or on to further study, even to university.

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