Apprenticeships – frequently asked questions

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship allows you to achieve valuable qualifications, at the same time as gaining relevant practical experience and earning a wage.


What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and attending college full time?

As a full time student you will usually attend college three days a week. With an apprenticeship you are employed, receive a wage and go to work each day, whilst also completing your apprenticeship qualification, also known as an apprenticeship framework.


Do I get paid?

Yes, you are an employee of that company. However anyone on an apprentice scheme is exempt from the national minimum wage. You are however entitled to an apprentice wage for the duration of an apprenticeship, which is currently £4.15 per hour.


How many hours will I work in a week?

This will be decided by the employer; but as a guide, an apprentice under the age of 18 cannot exceed 40 hours per week (excluding breaks). If it is an industry where Saturdays and late evenings are normal practice, you will be expected to work as part of your working week.


How long does my training last?

It depends on you, but as a guide an apprenticeship and an advanced apprenticeship can take between 1-3 years. The harder you work, the faster you will achieve your qualification!


Is there a job at the end of my training?

The aim of an apprenticeship is for you to progress into a permanent position within the company. However, if there are no opportunities when you complete your training then we will do everything we can to help you find a position elsewhere.

Need further advice? Please email our apprenticeships team on or call 01925 494348.