An apprenticeship is a job training programme that ensures that an apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.


An apprentice will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Be given time for study related to their role (the equivalent of one day a week)



What levels are there?

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and theory elements, leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships also require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.

Intermediate - Level 2 - Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grade A*– C or 9 – 4

Advanced - Level  3 - Equivalent to 2 A level passes/Level 3 Diploma/ International Baccalaureate

Higher - Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 Equivalent to a Foundation degree and above

Degree - Level  6 and 7 - Equivalent to a Bachelor’s or master’s degree


What can they earn?

The national minimum wage (NMW) for apprentices is £4.81 per hour from April 2022. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 25 and over, and not in the first year of their apprenticeship, will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage. This is the legal minimum pay per hour, most receive more. The NMW for April 2022 is £9.50 per hour.


Why should you apply?

  • Real wage and part of a real work force
  • Follow Labour Market Needs by being trained in the skills employers want
  • Set yourself up for the future – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.


How do you apply for an apprenticeship?

There are between 12,000 - 20,000 apprenticeships vacancies online available at

The best way to search for your ideal apprenticeship is by keyword; for example job role, occupation type or apprenticeship level and by location. In addition, some employers advertise vacancies on their website. Once the right job comes up, simply register on the website and follow the step by step instructions to apply for the role.


Links to support and help you apply for an apprenticeship

Alternatives to Higher education Discover Jobs for School & College Leavers in the UK | NGTU

UK Government Webpage Find an apprenticeship

UK Government Webpage  Become an apprentice

Support and guidance

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