1. Overview

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job alongside studies.

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industries, from large national companies to smaller local companies. Apprentices are generally employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and earn a real wage.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay just as any other employee
  • get time for study related to your role (usually equivalent to one day a week)

Training is delivered by a university, college or training provider either on the employer’s premises or at the university, college or a training centre.

It can take between one to seven years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on the level, the apprentice’s ability and the sector. All apprentices are employees in real jobs and therefore need to be work ready before starting.

For more information about apprenticeships, visit the GOV.UK becoming an apprentice page.