People of all ages and educational backgrounds can become apprentices but there are some restrictions, the most important of which are as follows:
- The employer and the training provider must ascertain that the apprenticeship will allow the individual to gain substantive new skills. The training therefore needs to be materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship.
- The apprentice must be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England. If you don’t yet have a job, take a look at our apprenticeship vacancies.
- The period of teaching and learning must be at least 12 months and, during this time, apprentices are expected to spend at least 20% of their time in “off the job” training.
The good news is that for the apprentice there is no cost and no student debt and you will earn a salary from day one. Whilst apprentices’ salaries usually reflect in part the investment being made by their employers most firms pay more than the legal minimum.