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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are designed to help you to gain hands-on experience within almost any industry. You learn new practical skills while earning a qualification and receiving a living wage. They take one to five years to complete and are open to anyone over the age of 16. There are three types of apprenticeships and they all require different levels of qualifications

Apprenticeships have the following equivalent educational levels:

Levels

Apprenticeships

Intermediate

Level 2

Equivalent Level

GCSE

Advanced

Level 3

Equivalent Level

A Levels

Higher Education

Level 4, 5, 6 & 7

Equivalent Level

Foundation Degree and above 

Degree

Level 6 & 7

Equivalent Level

Bachelor or Masters Degree

Skills, Knowledge and Competencies

What will I get paid?

Apprentice pay and the National Minimum Wage

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.

Your employment contract should confirm your rate of pay.

Aged 16 to 18

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £5.28 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in your first year

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £5.28 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.