Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
An apprentice will:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.
Levels of apprenticeship
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
|Name||Level||Equivalent educational level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C|
|Advanced||3||2 A level passes|
|Higher||4,5,6 and 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or master’s degree|
Who can apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
- 16 or over
- living in England
- not in full-time education
At any one time there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online in a variety of careers and industries across England. Visit gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.
You can search by keyword (job role, occupation type or apprenticeship level) and by location.
Once the right job comes up, you can simply register on the website and follow the step by step instructions to apply for the role.
The apprenticeship YouTube channel has useful hints and tips on applying plus other videos on
apprenticeships, visit YouTube and search apprenticeships/NAS.
Not quite ready for an apprenticeship or job? You could try a traineeship with a local employer to gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to improve their English and Maths, if needed. Visit gov.uk/find-traineeship for more information or to apply for traineeship opportunities.
Telephone: 0800 015 0400
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Pay and conditions
They must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.
Find out about Apprenticeship funding and how it works
Hours apprentices are paid for
Apprentices must be paid for:
- normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
- training that’s part of the apprenticeship (usually one day per week)
At least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.
Use the holiday calculator to check holiday entitlement for apprentices.
There is more information about apprenticeships here.
Degree Level Apprenticeships
Degree apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of developing and training your staff, from school leavers through to experienced workers.Nurture your own home-grown talent and guide their education at a leading university in a way that best suits their ambitions and your business needs.>
Programmes are employer-led, ensuring they teach skills and knowledge relevant to the modern workplace.Apprentices are employed by you so they understand the people, equipment and culture of your organisation.
Visit the Hull University Dergee Apprenticeships for more details.
The Humber Apprenticeship Brokerage Service
The Humber Apprenticeship Brokerage Service Humber Apprenticeship Brokerage Service (or HABS, for short) can tell you everything you need to know about apprenticeships in the Humber.
HABS offers a single point of contact for all your apprenticeship needs. There are 1500 job roles covered by an apprenticeship and they can help with every single one. Providing impartial, free of charge support for your business.
HABS tell you everything you need to know about apprenticeships but we won’t drown you in information. Instead we’ll listen, we’ll answer any questions you have and we’ll share information that is relevant.
HABS is for both employers and people looking to start an apprenticeship.
HABS work in partnership with the Humber LEP.