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:




Level 2

Equivalent Level



Level 3

Equivalent Level

A Levels

Higher Education

Level 4, 5, 6 & 7

Equivalent Level

Foundation Degree and above 


Level 6 & 7

Equivalent Level

Bachelor or Masters Degree

Skills, Knowledge and Competencies

What will I get paid?

Year 25+ 21 to 24 18+ Under 18  Apprentice
April 2020 (current rate) £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15
April 2019 to March 2020 £8.21 £7.20 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90

There around 17,000 apprenticeships advertised in the UK every day in more than 170 industries, including aerospace, finance and fashion. The best approach to find one is to do your research, see useful resources below 👇

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