The changing face of Apprenticeship

The perception of Apprenticeships is changing. More 16-18 year olds are applying for a work-based learning route via Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships than ever before due to a new government levy introduced in May 2017, designed to pay for the training of 3 million apprentices in the UK by 2020, but what exactly is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships explained

An Apprenticeship is a mix of on-the-job learning combined with classroom learning. Apprenticeships are ideal for those wishing to embark on a career and gain real work experience whist still gaining a qualification. Whether you are a school leaver and looking for your first role in full-time employment, or you are already in employment and looking to gain a recognised qualification in your field, an Apprenticeship is an excellent choice allowing you to learn whilst you earn!

The benefits of an Apprenticeship

  • Receive training in skills employers want, whilst earning a salary
  • Receiving all the usual benefits an employee does, such as paid annual leave
  • Learn at a pace suitable for you and the employer
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether into further study or within the organisation you are working in
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Higher Level Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to gain a Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 qualification whilst working for an employer. They are currently available in the following areas:

  • Business
  • IT Construction
  • Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Finance
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hospitality


The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour but many employers choose to pay more. Some Higher Apprenticeships pay as much as £300-£500 per week! To find out more about apprenticeship salaries please visit

Entry Requirements

Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for an Apprenticeship. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.

Applying for an Apprenticeship

You can find out more and view the latest Apprenticeships available online at

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