What are Apprenticeships?
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training which would enables school leavers and other young people to earn while they learn, and gain a national recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and cover 1500 job roles across most industries.
Apprenticeships are available up to university degree level and beyond.
An Apprenticeship can also be a route into university: some young people progress onto a degree after they complete their Apprenticeship.
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 £2.73 per hour but many employers pay more than this. The average gross weekly wage for an apprentice is £200 (Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2011). This is dependent on the sector, region and Apprenticeship level eg some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 to £500 per week.