Find out the key info about apprenticeships, including what they are, how they work, and more.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an opportunity to work and study at the same time. Most of your time is spent doing on-the-job training, and the rest is spent working towards a qualification. You’ll get paid a salary and be part of a team, just like a standard employee, but you’ll also get dedicated study time throughout the week.

The qualification you can achieve could vary from the equivalent to GCSEs, to a master’s degree depending on the level of apprenticeship you take.

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What types of apprenticeships are available?

There are different types or levels of apprenticeships depending on where you are in the UK. Each level apprenticeship will have different entry requirements. Visit the relevant page to where you live, to find out more about what’s available in each country. 

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job. Here’s what you need to know:

  • apprenticeships don't follow the same deadlines as applying to uni, the deadline is down to the employer
  • you apply directly through the employer
  • you're not restricted to one apprenticeship application; you can do as many as you like
  • There's nothing stopping you applying to university through UCAS, while also applying for apprenticeship vacancies

Discover which apprenticeship might suit you

Interested in an apprenticeship but not sure what you want to do? Get to know the different industries offering apprenticeships, from marketing to architecture and business management to engineering.

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What are the entry requirements?

You can start at the level best suited to your stage of learning and the job you’re applying for. Each apprenticeship vacancy gives the entry requirements and qualities the employer is looking for. This will vary; for example, higher and degree apprenticeships usually require A Levels whereas a Level 2 apprenticeship may not require any qualifications.

The best place to start is to look through some apprenticeship vacancies to decide what level might suit your skills and qualifications. You can search for apprenticeships and their entry requirements on Career Finder.

Discover employers offering apprenticeships

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How much will I get paid?

As an apprentice, you must receive at least the apprenticeship minimum wage of £4.81 per hour. After your first year, you should then receive the minimum wage for your age group. Many employers offer more than the minimum, but you should check the specific vacancy for more details.

Here’s our complete guide to apprenticeship wages and finances.


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If you think an apprenticeship could be right for you, head over to Career Finder and search for vacancies. 

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