Apprenticeships are jobs with training
Training is a mix of on and off-the-job training, with learning at level 2 or 3. Watch the video below to help you understand more about apprenticeships.
Higher and degree apprenticeships are also available at level 4 to 7, equivalent to higher education certificates, diplomas or degrees. To apply for higher and degree apprenticeships, you usually need a level 3 qualification.
Skill areas include hairdressing, business administration, accountancy, IT, sport and leisure, hospitality, motor vehicle work, construction, education and childcare, and many more. Most employers set entry levels or selection tests, or look for specific GCSE qualifications. Usually, for level 3 apprenticeships, you will need four or five GCSEs at grades 9-4, and for level 2 apprenticeships, you may need some GCSEs at grade 4 or above. You will have to continue to study English and/or maths if you did not get grade 4 or above in the subject in your GCSES.
Apprentices are paid a minimum wage of at least £5.28 from April 2023, but most earn more depending on the apprenticeship and the employer. The minimum wage is reviewed every April.
Apprenticeships include off-the-job training, this could be with an employer, at a college, university or training provider. The Find an apprenticeship website has details of all the apprenticeships you can do. You can register online for vacancies.