Apprentices Earn And Learn

If you’re 16 or over, you can become an apprentice as long as you spend at least 50 per cent of your working hours in England for the duration of the apprenticeship and you are not in full-time education. Your apprenticeship can take between one and six years to complete, depending on which apprenticeship you choose, what level it’s at, and your previous experience. 

From engineering to nursing and from law to design – thousands of apprenticeships are available every year in a vast range of industries and careers. Apprenticeships are often a popular option for people who don’t want to have the worry of student debt hanging over them in the future–and want to get a head start on their future career. 

Advanced apprenticeships are equivalent to two A-level passes. To be accepted you should have five GCSEs or more. Higher apprenticeships range between Level 4, which is the equivalent of one year of higher education study, to Level 6, which is the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree. They cover around 75 industries and more than 100 different job roles, ranging from legal services to banking and engineering. 


Higher and degree apprentices typically split their time between college or university and the workplace. An apprenticeship can lead to a long-term job after the initial contract is completed. You can also pick up life-long skills that will be useful and adaptable to any industry. 


As well as having many benefits for apprentices, the scheme is also popular with employers. Many see it as an investment because they can guide and train their recruits to have the specific skills required for the industry and ensure they are reliable members of the workforce. Employers want an apprentice who is polite, punctual and reliable. They also want a quick learner who can follow instructions and advice and someone who can think on their feet. 


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The Benefits Of Signing Up For An Apprenticeship

Some of the reasons to choose an apprenticeship: 

  • Earn while you learn and get paid a competitive salary. 
  • Your training is free. 
  • You can choose from hundreds of different apprentice jobs in thousands of organisations. 
  • Get high-quality training paid for by your employer and the Government. 
  • It’s a great way to get back into the workplace after a career break, or to re-train in a new area. 
  • You can boost your future earnings potential. 
  • It enables you to develop the skills you need for a range of exciting jobs or careers. 

How much can you earn? 


  • Your salary will depend upon the industry, location and type of apprenticeship you choose. 
  • If you’re aged 16 to 18 or in the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the apprentice hourly rate, which from April 2022 is £4.81
  •  If you’re 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage, which, from April 2022, is £6.83 for 18-20-year-olds, £9.18 for those aged 21 and 22 and £9.50 for people aged 23 and over.
  • This is the minimum you will earn, but many employers pay a lot more. 

What will my apprenticeship cost me? 


  • When you become an apprentice, you’ll need to cover the cost of your day-to-day expenses. 
  • If you’re a care leaver aged 16 to 24, you’ll receive a£1,000 bursary payment to support you in the first year of your apprenticeship.