UNDERSTANDING APPRENTICESHIPSAdapted from the .gov: 'A Parents guide to apprenticeships' pdf


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What is an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of Industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.


Apprenticeship levels

There are various levels of apprenticeship your son or daughter could apply for depending on their current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

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


Benefits of doing an apprenticeship

○ Earning a salary;
○ Training in the skills employers want;
○ Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace;
○ Increased future earning potential
○ 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;
○ Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor;
○ Paid holiday


What will I earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependant on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.
More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at our Apprenticeship Explore tool

I need help finding apprenticeships I can do close to home.

Built to support the National Apprenticeship Week, our Apprenticeship Explore tool helps students and advisers research possible apprenticeship options. Users can explore the full range of apprenticeship information with links to the government’s website with the latest vacancies in your local area.




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