Apprenticeships are for people of all ages from 16+. They give you the opportunity to start a career in a job that suits your skills and interests. Apprenticeships also help those already in work to progress in their current role.
There’s never been a better time to become an apprentice. Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you can move on to a higher level apprenticeship or even progress to university. So what are you waiting for?
Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you can move into full-time work or progress to a higher-level apprenticeship or even university. The choice is yours.
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that are designed to help employers train people for specific job roles. At the same time, apprentices get a paying job with valuable training while they work towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard or framework (devolved nations).
Anyone in England aged 16 years old and above, whether employed, unemployed or leaving school. There is no upper age limit. There are no formal qualifications needed to do an apprenticeship however some employers may ask for GCSEs (level 4+) in English, maths and science.
If you are under 19 you must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage of £4.30 an hour, however many employers pay more than this and the average weekly wage is £200.
If you are 19 after completing the first year of your apprenticeship, you must be paid at least the full National Minimum Wage.
All apprentices are employed, and have a contract of employment. You are counted as a regular employee so get all the benefits such as holiday and sick leave as well.