What is an Apprenticeship?


Put simply, an apprenticeship is a paid job with training.


It is a way for young people (from 16 years old), and adults to earn whilst they gain a real qualification, in a real job. Recruiting apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent, by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.


Apprenticeships are available in more than 170 industries, and over 1500 job roles. They are available from level 2 for intermediate apprenticeships, through advanced apprenticeships at level 3, and higher and degree apprenticeships up to level 7.


Most of the training will be undertaken on the employer’s premises, usually with the support of a mentor.

Off-job training is an essential component of any apprenticeship programme. All of the training is provided by an independent ESFA registered training provider 

Government funding will pay for the training and assessment elements of the programme. Large levy-paying employers can fund the costs from their levy accounts. SMEs, who will not be paying the levy can get at least 90% of the costs paid for by the government. Employers will have to pay the wages of their apprentices.

Apprentices will usually have to work at least 30 hours per week.

For a comprehensive understanding of what an apprenticeship is, visit the government’s website www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/overview 


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