What’s an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain the necessary skills and professional competencies in your chosen career. You’ll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship you will hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen career.

What can you earn?

From April 2021, the minimum wage for apprentices is £4.30 per hour (see this page for up-to-date figures), but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week.

Here are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in and your employment contract should confirm your rate of pay:

Check you’re being paid the minimum wage with the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage calculator.

Apprenticeship levels

NameLevelEquivalent education level
Intermediate25 GCSE passes
Advanced32 A-level passes
Higher4, 5, 6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 & 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

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