Apprenticeship FAQs

To find out whether an apprenticeship is the right route for you, please take a look at our frequently asked questions below.

What is an apprenticeship?

The apprentice works alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills and also receives training at college, usually on a day-release basis. Assessors will visit the apprentice to assess their work, set targets, and review their progress. We ask the employer to be involved in the reviews to make sure all parties are satisfied with the progress of the Apprenticeship.

What are the entry requirements for an apprenticeship?

Entry requirements for an apprenticeship depends on subject area. Maths and English GCSE grade 4 or above, give a good starting point, however you can obtain maths and English functional skills along side your apprenticeship if required.

Who is eligible for an apprenticeship?

Apprentices need to be eligible to work in England and not be in full-time education. There is no upper age limit.

What age do I need to be to undertake an apprenticeship?

Any age from the age of 16. School leavers, graduates, career changes and even people wanting to grow and advance their career.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

You can search online, “find an apprenticeship” to see which companies are advertising OR you can approach companies and ask them whether they offer apprenticeships. Employers are welcoming and will appreciate initiative. Once you have found employment, you can contact our business advisor team who will support you. Have a look at our website for current vacancies.

How long is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships differ depending on which one you chose; however, they have to be a minimum of 12 months in duration to be classed as an apprenticeship.

Will I be required to attend College?

Generally, an apprenticeship is a day release in college but can vary depending on the subject area and requirements. 

Will I get paid?

Yes. An apprentice is paid at least the minimum wage for apprentices if they are 16-18 or 19+ and in the first year of their apprenticeship programme. However, many apprentices are paid more than this. For up-to-date information visit and search ‘national minimum wage’.

What is Off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training is received by the apprentice during the apprentice’s normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship in the apprenticeship agreement. By normal working hours we mean paid hours excluding overtime.

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