Frequently Asked Questions

There's no set time to complete an apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size but all apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long.

The length of time taken will depend on the sector, and the employer's requirements. Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework, so it's important that you're committed enough to see it through.

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

  • You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship
  • You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage
  • The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour, rising to £3.70 per hour in May 2018.
This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

You must be paid for:
  • your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • training that’s part of your apprenticeship (usually one day per week)
  • You’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.
Use the holiday calculator to check holiday entitlement for apprentices

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you 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)