Some of the top reasons for becoming an apprentice are:

You earn while you learn and get paid a competitive salary
Your training is free to you and you can train right up to degree and masters level
You have a lot of choice You can choose from hundreds of different apprentice jobs in thousands of organisations

Other reasons for becoming an apprentice include:

  • You get high quality training paid for by your employer and the government


  • It is a fantastic way to get back into the workplace after a career break, or to re-train in a new career


  • You can boost your future earnings potential


  • You develop the skills you need for a range of exciting jobs or careers, no matter your age or background


  • Once you have successfully finished, you have plenty of choices. Most individuals choose to stay with their employer, or you could apply for another apprenticeship, go onto further or higher education, or find a new career that uses your new skills.


What is an apprenticeship?

It is a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary, and the chance to train while you work.

How old do I have to be to become an apprentice?

If you are 16 or over you can become an apprentice if you spend at least 50% of your working hours in England for the duration of the apprenticeship, and you are not in full-time education. There is no upper age limit.

I am already in work. Can I still follow an apprenticeship?

Yes, provided your employer supports you. Apprenticeships are great for improving your existing skills or learning entirely new ones. They are also a good way for people to get back to work after a career break.

I can only work part-time. Can I do an apprenticeship?

Yes, if it suits the employer and training provider. Your training programme will take longer than if you were working full-time.

I already have a degree, but I cannot find the right career for me, can I be an apprentice?

Yes, if the apprenticeship training is either at a higher level or in an area unrelated to your degree.