To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An apprenticeship gives you both by combining on the job training with study (usually one day a week) meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.
The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.50 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However many employers pay more than this.
Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship, for example some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week.
Simply click on our find an apprenticeship page. This will take you through the full process and give you useful hints and tips.
Punctuality, reliability and having a real interest in the job, coupled with a willingness to learn. Many employers also value voluntary work experience, especially if it relates to your sector of interest.
This is a great question and one you should be asking.
An apprenticeship programme is all about you, the apprentice, and comes with a number of benefits, including:
- Industry recognised qualifications
- You could work towards a degree, debt free
- A Job and a wage
- Experience – you’ll gain practical and relevant experience
- The chance to make contacts in your chosen field