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Apprenticeship FAQ

Updated on 27 September 2018

Apprenticeship FAQ

What types of apprenticeships are available?

There are a range of apprenticeships across numerous industries, from engineering to tourism.

Apprenticeships fall into four categories:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships
  • Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Higher Apprenticeships
  • Degree Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are another way of gaining qualifications in a workplace. You get to earn as you learn and gain valuable work experience and skills.

Can I do an apprenticeship if I have a degree

Yes. However, to receive funding the employer must prove that you'll be trained to develop skills you haven't already learned at university.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship

Benefits include:

  • Getting paid while you learn
  • Gain skills and knowledge to help you achieve your qualifications faster
  • You learn at your own pace
  • You receive support and mentoring
  • It can set you up in a job or help you move onto better positions

Do I get paid?

Yes. All employed apprentices aged 16 or above must receive a wage of at least £3.90 an hour, but many get paid much higher. Your salary will increase as you get older and more experienced.

Do I have to pay tax and national insurance?

All employees aged over 16 must pay tax and national insurance on their income.

What are the minimum and maximum work hours for an apprentice?

All apprentices must be offered a minimum of 16 hours of work per week, but most apprentices are employed full time. Your working hours are determined by your employer.

Do I get holidays?

As you are an employee you will be given at least 20 days' paid holiday per year on top of bank holidays.

Can I still do an apprenticeship if I've already got a job?

Yes, but it's up to your employer if you can become an apprentice.

When can I apply?

You can apply at any time of the year. The start date of your training will depend on when a position becomes available.

Do I have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

No. Your employer pays you a salary and supports you during your training. The National Apprenticeship Service will pay for the costs of your training depending on your age.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on your current skill levels and the industry of the apprenticeship. Generally, apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.

What are the entry requirements?

Different apprenticeships have different entry requirements. However the main points to take into account are:

  • You must be living in the UK and not in full-time education and;
  • You must be aged 16 or over
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