What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are paid positions where apprentices gain valuable on-the-job experience, working alongside industry specialists, whilst also studying for a qualification.

What hours will Apprentices work?

It is important for people to understand and recognise that an apprenticeship is a real job with real responsibilities! Apprentices will work for at least 30 hours per week, whilst receiving a salary, and learning the exact skills needed for their chosen career.

Where is the training completed?

Most of the training will be delivered in the workplace with the rest of the training being provided by a training organisation, either at work, off-site (possibly college) or via e-learning.

What salary can an Apprentice earn?

The salary for an apprentice is currently £3.50 per hour for those aged 16-18. This rate of pay also applies to those who are 19 or over in their first year of an apprenticeship. Once they have completed their first year, apprentices aged 19 or over will be entitled to National Minimum Wage. Please note: The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is not relevant for Higher Apprenticeships.

What are the different types of Apprenticeships?

There are over 280 types of apprenticeships available, suitable for hundreds of different jobs in around 170 different industries. Apprenticeship frameworks can be divided into the following 15 technical routes:

Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care

Business and Administrative

Catering and Hospitality

Childcare and Education


Creative and Design


Engineering and Manufacturing

Hair and Beauty

Health and Science

Legal, Finance and Accounting

Protective Services

Sales, Marketing and Procurement

Social Care

Transport and Logistics

Accessing apprenticeships in these routes could allow apprentices to gain skills in careers such as; hairdressing, civic engineering, pharmaceuticals and many more! For a full breakdown of the apprenticeships that are available please see the Government Apprenticeship Website.

What are the different levels of Apprenticeships?

There are various levels of apprenticeships which people can access. There are:



Equivalent Education Level






A Level


4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Did you know?

  • "85% of Apprentices stay in employment after participating"
  • "32% of all apprentices receive a promotion within 12 months"
  • "75% of those in work reported they are taking on more responsibility"
  • "Employers believe qualified apprentices are 15% more employable"

Are you a parent?

Are you a parent looking for more information about apprenticeships? Find out more on the Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships