Apprenticeship information for schools

To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An apprenticeship gives young people the opportunity to earn and learn at the same time by combining on the job training with study (usually one day a week).
It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level the young person is studying. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.
How much can a young person earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.40 per hour. The same applies to those 19 and over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, after that they 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.
Levels of apprenticeship
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
Who can apply
An apprenticeship is suitable for any young person that meets this criteria:
  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education