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What is an Apprenticeship?

This is an opportunity that is available to people over 16 years old, who want to train and gain professional qualifications and experience through an Apprenticeship. This style of training will enable you to earn whilst developing the required skills in order for you to pursue your desired career.

What Apprenticeships are available?

There are many different occupations in which you can train through an Apprenticeship, such as Hospitality, Childcare, Customer Services, Retail and Warehousing. Most Apprenticeships provide you with the opportunity to work towards a nationally recognised qualification, such as an NVQ and other City & Guilds qualifications.

What levels can I study and what are the entry requirements?

There are three levels of Apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate Level (Entry)
  • Advanced Level (Supervisor)
  • Higher Level (Management)

For Level 2 Apprenticeships, GCSE grades from A-C in Maths and English are a requirement.

Level 3 Apprenticehips (Advanced Apprenticeship), you will normally need five GCSE's including Maths, English and Science, or would have completed the Level 2 programme.

These entry requirements are a guide and the exact requirements are normally set by the employer. The time it takes to complete a level will depend on you as an individual, your existing skills, knowledge and experience of working in any particular role.

How will I gain my Apprenticeship?

The way in which you will develop your Apprenticeship will depend on the organisation that you are working in. Dependant on your employer, on a weekly basis you could be released for one day a week to attend college. Larger organisations may have their own training department and have the facilities to provide the training on site instead of attending college.

It is important to know that this can change from the type, size and how your employer will want to support you and develop you through your training.

How much will I get paid for being an Apprentice?

Currently in England, people over the age of 19 are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, as long as they have completed the first 12 months of their Apprenticeship.

Those people who are currently under 19 or in their first year of training are entitled to an Apprenticeships National Minimum Wage, which is generated by the Low Pay Commission and reviewed on an annual basis. As of October 2014, this rate is £2.73 and all other Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Whether you are looking for an Apprenticeship or an employer interested in finding out more about the Apprenticeship Scheme please contact Pro Education on: 0845 873 2703 or email your details to