What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training which allows you to earn while you learn, and gain a national recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and cover 1500 job roles across many industries.
There are 3 levels of Apprenticeships:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship (level 2)
- Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3)
- Higher Apprenticeship (level 4 and above)
Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.
The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour but many employers pay more than this. The average gross weekly wage for an apprentice is £228 (National Pay Survey for 2014). This is dependent on the sector, region and Apprenticeship level eg some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 to £500 per week.
Training and qualifications
By the time you have completed your Apprenticeship, you will have achieved:
- A nationally recognised vocational qualification
- Functional Skills qualifications eg Maths, English and ICT
- A technical certificate such as a BTEC or City & Guilds (relevant to the specific Apprenticeship);
- Other professional qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular job
Here is the latest guide that tells you more about Apprenticeships: Guide For Learners