Apprentices do a real job, earn money and work towards a qualification. You will spend your time training on the job with an employer, learning important skills for the job, and gaining job-related qualifications.

Further information

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone who is over 16 and not in full time education. Some apprenticeships may have entry requirements, for example good grades in maths, science and English.

What can I do an apprenticeship in?

There are now over 200 types of apprenticeships across many sectors. Apprenticeships are not just about learning traditional trades like plumbing or hairdressing. There are apprenticeships in all types of work including areas like IT, business and finance and care work, with new roles being created all the time. 

What are the different levels of apprenticeship?

  • Intermediate level apprenticeships - lead to qualification at Level 2 and functional skills.
  • Advanced level apprenticeships - lead to qualification at Level 3, functional skills and in most cases a BTEC or other similar level 3 qualification.
  • Higher level apprenticeships - lead to qualification such as an NVQ Level 4, and in some cases a foundation degree.

How much will I get paid?

The minimum pay for apprentices is £2.73 an hour. Many apprentices get paid more. 

How do I find an apprenticeship?

  • You can use the GOV.UK website search link above for current local apprenticeship vacancies.
  • You can download the Apprenticeship search app on to your smartphone to search for apprenticeship vacancies.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

  • You will need to register on the GOV.UK website to apply for most vacancies. 
  • Staff at your local Connexions centre or careers advisers in school can help you register and apply for vacancies. 

Don’t forget apprenticeships are very popular, so start applying early. If you are in Year 11 you can apply to some apprenticeship training providers on UCAS Progress or look for vacancies on Leicester Apprenticeship Hub.