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A Guide to Apprenticeships

How do apprenticeships work?

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. You will gain vital experience in your chosen career whilst earning money. You could earn £100,000 in your lifetime, more than if you choose to study a full-time course, not only giving you an advantage money-wise but with ‘on-the-job’ knowledge too.

We currently run apprenticeship programmes in the following areas:

Level 2 qualifications:

Level 3 qualifications:

Interested? Find out more:

Step 1: Look for a job in the apprenticeship you’re interested in.

Visit our vacancy page to see our most up-to-date job vacancies.

If you don’t find anything here, why not contact the business you would like to work for? If you let us know, we could even contact them about the benefits to them if they were to employ you.

Step 2: Apply for the apprenticeship.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to an interview and undertake an initial assessment with a member of the apprenticeships team. This will help establish that you have the right skills to successfully complete your apprenticeship.

During your apprenticeship, you will have your own assessor who will visit you in the workplace every 4 – 6 weeks. This is to carry out training assessments, provide any additional support and to ensure that the welfare and health and safety needs of the apprentice are being met. They will also work with you and your employer to develop your individual training plan to ensure you get the most out of your training.

The majority of our Apprenticeship learners use our innovative e-portfolio system, Smart Assessor. This allows apprentices to access and manage their Diploma portfolio online or through the new phone app. Learners can easily submit photo or video evidence, track their progress, access teaching resources, check assessor feedback on work and contact their Training Officer.

How long does it take?

Depending on the course, it can take between 12 – 24 months.

How much does it cost?

The qualification is normally funded by the National Apprenticeship Service for students aged under 19. An employer contribution is payable by employers for students aged 19 or over.

How much do I earn?

Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. So you’re paid while you learn. If you’re entering work for the first time you will start earning from day one of your apprenticeship. The National Minimum Wage covers apprentices and for a typical working week, apprentices must receive a minimum of £4.81 per hour. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages.

YearAged 23+Aged 21-22Aged 18-20Under 18Apprentice
April 2022£9.50£9.18£6.83£4.81£4.81

For further information, please contact the Apprenticeships team on or call 01628 827438.