Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you will:
Levels of Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A Level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6, and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor or masters degree
Who can Apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you are still in school. To start one, you will need to be:
Pay and Conditions
Apprentices are paid from the first day of their apprenticeship and they’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.
Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
2016 (current rate) £7.20 £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30
*This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.
National Minimum Wage rates change every October. National Living Wage rates change every April.
Hours Apprentices are Paid For
You must be paid for:
Apprentices get at least 20 days of paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.