Frequently Asked Questions about Apprenticeships
7 frequently asked questions about apprenticeships answered
Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked question budding apprentices ask before deciding whether an apprenticeship is right for them. If you have any further questions please feel to contact us.
If you question is more related to apprenticeship levels you can read in-depth information on Degree Apprenticeships or Advanced Apprenticeships to find out what is involved and how long it will take you to complete the specific apprenticeship.
How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?
An apprenticeship takes a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of 5 years depending on the level of apprenticeship and which industry sector you are training.
By rule of thumb:
Level 2 - 12-18 months
Level 3 - 24 months
Would I be an employee during my apprenticeship?
Yes, as an apprentice you you have the same employment rights as a percent member of staff. The only difference is you will have contractual end date to your employment, training programme.
How much will I be paid as an apprentice?
The current national minimum wage for an apprentice under the age of 19 or in your first year of your apprenticeship is £3.90, however in April 2020 this is set to rise to £4.15. After the age of 19 or 18 if you have completed your first year of your apprenticeship you will be entitled to the working National Minimum Wage. Below are the new pay rates for all age groups from April 2020.
From 1 April 2020 Rate per hour
25 and over £8.72
21 to 24 £8.20
18 to 20 £6.45
Under 18 £4.55
Do I get holiday when doing an apprenticeship?
The short answer is yes, you will receive at least 20 days paid holiday per year plus national/public holidays.
Are there a minimum number of hours I must work?
As an apprentice you should be required to work a 30 hour minimum week and no more than 40 hours.
Do I have to be aged between 16-24 to do an apprenticeship?
No, commonly apprentices are between this age group as apprenticeships are seen as an alternative to university. However there is no upper age limited for apprenticeships. In fact it is becoming common practise now for employers to train up existing members of staff through the apprenticeship route to help further their career development.
Can I get a degree from doing an apprenticeship?
Yes, most completed apprenticeships will provide you with either an NVQ, HNC or a HND. But higher apprenticeships give you the opportunity to train and study for a foundation degree or even an honours degree. You cam nw also do a Degree Apprenticeship to study towards either a Bachelors or Masters degree, during your degree apprenticeship you will be required to study part-time with a university.