What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a temporary full-time job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some nationally recognised qualification as you go. At the end of your course you will gain recognised qualifications known in a wide range of industries. To be eligible for this you must be:

  • 16 or over
  • able to work in England
  • not in full-time education.

Apprenticeships normally take between one to four years to complete depending on the level. The current level apprenticeships in England are:

  • intermediate – equivalent to five GCSE passes
  • advanced – equivalent to two A levels passes
  • higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above or a foundation degree.

At the end of your apprenticeship you may decide to go onto  the next level or you may even get offered a permanent full-time job with your employer.

How much do you earn?

Apprentices are paid from the first day of their apprenticeship.   We pay Apprentices the National Minimum Wage rate applicable to the relevant age group. 

National Minimum Wage 2018

Age GroupHourly RateAnnual Salary
Under 18 £4.20 £8,103
18-20 £5.90 £11,383
21 & Over £7.38 £14,238

Working hours

All apprentices must be paid for:

  • their working hours which is a minimum of 30 hours a week.
  • training that is part of the apprenticeship (normally one day per week).


All apprentices get at least 20 days of paid holiday per a year - excluding bank holidays.

What are the main benefits?

If you are an apprentice then you will:

  • earn a wage
  • gain experience
  • acquire new skills
  • obtain a recognised qualification at the end of the apprenticeship.

All of our apprenticeships are advertised on our latest vacancies page.