- Apprenticeships are a combination of full-time work and accredited training.
- The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £4.15 an hour, as set by the Government. This applies if the apprentice is under the age of 19, or if they are in the first year of the apprenticeship, regardless of age.Here is the current minimum wage chart:
Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice April 2020 (current rate) £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15 April 2019 to March 2020 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90
So, if you are 23 in your first year of an apprenticeship you will receive the minimum of £4.15 an hour. Once you have completed that first year, you are entitled to £8.20 per hour.
- They are available in lots of different areas such as accountancy, catering, hairdressing, engineering and business administration and more recently, nursing.
- Apprenticeships provide you with training in the workplace as well as the general and technical qualifications you need to succeed.
- They are different levels available depending on the sort of work you are doing and what qualifications you have. These include:
Apprenticeship (Level 2)
Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4, 5, 6 and 7)
Degree Apprenticeships (Level 4-6)
- If you want to gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for, you could try a Traineeship. These are work experience opportunities which also help you to improve your levels of maths and English.
- It is possible to go on to higher education courses after completing an Apprenticeship. You can even work towards a Higher or Degree Level Apprenticeships after your A Levels, Vocational Course or Apprenticeship.
- Applying for Apprenticeship and Traineeship vacancies is done online through the Apprenticeships website. However, please be aware that some employers prefer to advertise locally through their own websites or newspaper advertisements.
- Check out the below flowchart to see if an Apprenticeship is right for you.
Things to Think About
- Apprenticeships are very competitive in certain sectors such as construction and plumbing and for large employers who offer excellent training and prospects.
- You will need to be employed by a company to do an Apprenticeship so you will need to apply for vacancies or find your own employer.
- If you are struggling to get an Apprenticeship, why not consider a Traineeship instead – these will give you the work experience and skills an employer is looking for.
- If there is a particular employer you want to work for you need to find out how they advertise their Apprenticeship vacancies.
- If you plan to go on to an Apprenticeship after school you should apply for other courses too. Getting an Apprenticeship is not guaranteed and so you should consider back-up options.
- If you are wanting to go on to Higher Education after an Apprenticeship, make sure you do some research into which courses you can go on to. There are options available, but only some universities will accept Apprenticeships as entry on to a degree course.
- You may be asked to provide your own equipment if it is important for your training – though you may be eligible for some financial help.
- Apprenticeships are a good way of getting qualified, but you need to be fairly sure that it’s what you want to do as your training and qualifications will be very specific to the job you will do.
- Register on the Apprenticeships website to find Apprenticeship and Traineeship vacancies suitable for you.
- Explore companies in your local area.
- Write a winning CV that you can give to employers – don’t forget to include a covering letter to ask about possible Apprenticeship vacancies.
- Ask families and friends to help you identify people and places you might approach to ask if they are recruiting apprentices.
- Find out more from your teacher/tutor in school or your CareersInc adviser.
- Complete the Apprenticeship checklist to make sure you have taken all the actions you need to
- Find out about large employers in your area and what support is available to help you get an Apprenticeship by looking at local information.
Explore more on Apprenticeship!
- Find and Apprenticeship – great site that brings vacancies from other sites together in one page
- Get In Go Far – official apprenticeships site
- Apprenticeship Guide – what they are, if they are for you and how you can get one
- Apprenticeships – search and apply for vacancies
- Future Talent – advertises apprenticeships and other alternative routes to uni
- GetMyFirstJob – once registered they will help you find an apprenticeship
- Notgoingtouni – search and apply for apprenticeships, jobs and sponsored degrees
- Universal Jobmatch – find a job on this Goverment site
- Indeed – online job search site
- Monster – online job search site