Learn on the job
Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualiﬁcations and earning money all at the same time.
You work towards a work-based qualiﬁcation such as a National Vocational Qualiﬁcation (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualiﬁcations.
Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you've been trained in the skills they need.
Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework. There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer's requirements.
Earn while you learn
Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. So you're paid while you learn. If you are entering work for the ﬁrst time, you will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship.
Apprentices must be paid a minimum of £3.40 per hour and should be contracted to work a minimum of 30 hours and maximum of 40 hours per week (for under 18's). After the first 12 months, apprentices will earn their age related minimum wage.
As your skills develop, your pay may increase accordingly. You may also get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or to help you with a disability. As an apprentice, you will receive the same beneﬁts as other employees such as pension contributions, subsidised canteen, leisure facilities and holidays.