Information About Apprenticeships

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What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised training programme which combines real work with learning and training, both on and off the job. Apprenticeships have become increasingly popular over the years as they enable you to learn whilst you work, whilst also providing a more practical and hands on approach to learning which many people prefer.

There are over 200 Apprenticeships available covering a wide range of sectors. Those who undertake an Apprenticeship and complete it successfully receive a Intermediate, Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship certificate. Apprentices receive a wage, whilst training and working towards the full apprenticeship.
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Who is an Apprenticeship for?

An apprenticeship is available to anyone from the age of 16, subject to minimum entry requirements and is often available at both level 2 (equivalent to five or six GCSEs, grades A* to C) and 3 (equivalent to three A levels). Apprenticeships are also available for anyone currently employed requiring upskilling so that they may achieve a qualification relating to their work which demonstrates their competence.

Ages 16-18

If you are a school or college leaver you can start an Apprenticeship to gain recognised qualifications. Register with TRAIN and we will work to locate an Apprenticeship vacancy for you in your chosen field. Once you secure a vacancy you can start your apprenticeship and train for a qualification whilst you earn and work. Apprenticeships are a real and affordable way of getting on the career ladder and starting your route to qualification.

Age 19+

Many people assume that apprenticeships are just for young school leavers when in fact there is no age restriction on who can take an Apprenticeship. Simply contact us with your desired area of occupation and we will work to locate an Apprenticeship for you. If you are already in employment you can still start an Apprenticeship where we carry out work place training so that you can upskill and achieve a qualification for your current role or for career progression.

Anyone already in employment

You can undertake an Apprenticeship with your current employer to achieve a qualification related to your current role. For example if you work on a construction site as a labourer and would like to operate a fork lift truck at work, you can start an apprenticeship with us where we visit you at work to carry out training and assessment on the fork lift truck so that you can achieve an NVQ qualification for this occupational area.

What can I do an Apprenticeship in?

Apprenticeships are available in more than 190 roles across a wide variety of industry sectors. These range from accountancy and business administration to plant, construction, engineering, manufacturing - and many more. Please contact us to discuss the Apprenticeship you are looking for.

What is involved in an Apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship programme consists of a number of component parts. Through the programme an apprentice will develop and demonstrate their knowledge and skills and prove their occupational competence whilst also demonstrating that they have met the standards in functional skills. The remaining part of the apprenticeship is being aware of, and having an understanding of employment rights and responsibilities. Whilst these individual parts may be assessed separately, only when all parts are successfully achieved will an apprentice receive an apprenticeship certificate.

The minimum component parts of an Apprenticeship are as follows:

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  • Apprenticeship training in Knowledge, skills and behaviours as specified within the relevant apprenticeship standard
  • Functional Skills in English and maths at Levels 1 and/or 2
  • End-point assessment as specified within the relevant apprenticeship standard

Some apprenticeship standards also contain mandatory qualifications that apprentices must achieve before sitting end-point assessment.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

It varies - depending on the sector, the qualification you’re going for and the skills you already have. Generally, an Apprenticeship takes between one and two years to complete. If you are already in employment Apprenticeship programmes may be shorter depending upon the sector and prior learning.

If I am not in employment but I start an apprenticeship do I get paid?

Yes, if you are aged under 19 or aged over 19 and in the first year of your apprenticeship you are entitled to receive a National Minimum Wage (NMW) as an apprentice.

Anyone not covered by the age category above will be entitled to the NMW appropriate to their age.

For more information and information on NMW rates, please visit the Government website at

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