As an apprentice, you're hired to do a real job
During an apprenticeship, you become skilled and formally qualified in a particular occupation. Combining hands-on work with classroom learning means you get to practice as you learn. You’re an employee with a contract of employment, salary and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience so it’s important to carefully consider which occupation you wish to follow.
Who can become an apprentice?
In England, you can start an apprenticeship whether you’re starting or changing your career, or upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship. You must be 16 or above, live in England and not be in full-time education.
If you're 16 to 24...
...and a care leaver, you'll receive a £1,000 bursary payment to support you in the first year of your apprenticeship.
What do you get?
Apprenticeship training is of a high standard and only training providers who are on the register of apprenticeship training providers can deliver the training. As an apprentice, at least 20% of your normal working hours must be spent on training.
Working as an apprentice means you earn while you learn. An apprentice works in a real job and spends at least 20% of their working hours training. So they gain the skills needed for their chosen occupation.
be on a career path with lots of future potential
entitled to the National Minimum Wage (many employers will pay more depending on your chosen occupation and apprenticeship level)
time for training or study as part of your apprenticeship
holiday pay and other employee rights
According to gov't
...90% of apprentices in England stayed on in employment after completing their qualification; 71% with the same employer.
By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.
What you'll learn depends on the role that you're training for. However, apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means you'll gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship.