Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
An apprentice will:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.
The HEY LEP’s Apprenticeship employers toolkit
This toolkit supports businesses in navigating apprenticeship policy reforms and funding, including the apprenticeship levy. The toolkit signposts towards local and national resources and demonstrates how apprenticeship training can help businesses of any size and sector to fill their skills gaps and meet their growth aspirations. Access the toolkit here
Levels of apprenticeship
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
|Name||Level||Equivalent educational level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C|
|Advanced||3||2 A level passes|
|Higher||4,5,6 and 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or master’s degree|
Who can apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
- 16 or over
- living in England
- not in full-time education
At any one time there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online in a variety of careers and industries across England. Visit gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.
You can search by keyword (job role, occupation type or apprenticeship level) and by location.
Once the right job comes up, you can simply register on the website and follow the step by step instructions to apply for the role.
The apprenticeship YouTube channel has useful hints and tips on applying plus other videos on
apprenticeships, visit YouTube and search apprenticeships/NAS.
Not quite ready for an apprenticeship or job? You could try a traineeship with a local employer to gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to improve their English and Maths, if needed. Visit gov.uk/find-traineeship for more information or to apply for traineeship opportunities.
Telephone: 0800 015 0400
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Pay and conditions
They must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.
Find out about Apprenticeship funding and how it works
SME’s can create an apprenticeship Service account which will allow them too:
- set up apprenticeships and advertise them on Find an apprenticeship
- set permissions for training providers to take actions on the SME’s behalf, minimising the admin, for example by reserving apprenticeship funding
- choose quality training providers and select suitable end-point assessment organisations
- give real-time feedback on training, helping us to improve the quality of apprenticeships
- reserve apprenticeship funding as soon as it becomes available
Register here: Apprenticeship service
Hours apprentices are paid for
Apprentices must be paid for:
- normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
- training that’s part of the apprenticeship (usually one day per week)
At least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.
Use the holiday calculator to check holiday entitlement for apprentices.
There is more information about apprenticeships here.
Degree Level Apprenticeships
Degree apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of developing and training your staff, from school leavers through to experienced workers.Nurture your own home-grown talent and guide their education at a leading university in a way that best suits their ambitions and your business needs.>
Programmes are employer-led, ensuring they teach skills and knowledge relevant to the modern workplace.Apprentices are employed by you so they understand the people, equipment and culture of your organisation.
Visit the Hull University Dergee Apprenticeships for more details.
Help and Advice
If you require any help or advice regarding apprenticeships then you can contact the HEY LEP Skills Team on 01482 485266
How apprenticeships benefit your business:
Training to develop technical skills👉A workforce with relevant skills
On-the-job training👉Mentoring opportunities
Off-the-job training👉A fast-developing, motivated workforce
Find out more – Here