Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.

Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.

Earn while you learn

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage (£2.68 for under 19 and first year apprentices, £5.03 for 19 and 20 year olds and £6.31 for those aged 21 and over).

A real job

All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Over 150,000 employers are offering apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1,500 job roles.

A real qualification

Quality is key to apprenticeships. All apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.

A real future

After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.

A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.

Source: National Apprenticeship Service

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Apprenticeship frameworks

For more detailed information please see our full list of Apprenticeships.