Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged over 16 living in England and not in full-time education, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are looking to start a new career.
Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the Apprentices' ability and the industry. The minimum salary for an Apprentice completing their Apprenticeship in England is £95 per week, however many Apprentices earn significantly more. In fact, research shows that Apprentices earn, on average over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees.
Your employer and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will meet the costs of the Apprenticeship so there's no cost to you to learn new skills.
All Apprenticeships in England include the following elements:
- An appropriate work-based qualification
- Key Skills qualifications e.g. working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology
- A technical qualification relevant to the specific Apprenticeship
- Other qualification or requirement as specified by the particular job role