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Apprenticeships FAQs

What is an Apprenticeship?

  • a work based training programme
  • aimed at current and future employees
  • focused on the whole job, not just individual skills
  • developmental, increased knowledge and skills.

Who delivers Apprenticeships?

Colleges and Private Training Providers deliver Apprenticeships through various delivery models to suit employers (day release, block release or workplace) ensuring the delivery is most appropriate to the skills and knowledge to be developed.

What Apprenticeships levels are there?

  • Intermediate - (Level 2 – equivalent to 5 GCSEs)
  • Advanced - (level 3 – equivalent to 2 A Levels)
  • Higher - (level 4/5 – equivalent to a HNC, HND or Foundation Learning Degree)

What industry sectors do Apprenticeships cover?

Art and Design, Business Administration,Accountancy, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Food and Drink, Manufacturing, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, The Motor Industry, Performing Arts, Retail, Science, Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching.

What funding is available for Apprentices?

  • 16 -18 year olds: Full training cost met by the Skills Funding Agency
  • 19+: Skills Funding Agency may contribute up to 50% of the training cost
    • Funding support for Higher (level 4 and 5) under development
    • Further Education (FE) grants now available
  • Apprenticeship Grant to Employer (AGE 16-24): £1500 per new apprentice if employer has not had apprentice within the last 12 months and has fewer than 1000 employees. Max 10 grants per employer
  • Wage Incentive: up to £2,275 each for employing a disadvantaged or disabled 18 to 24 year old from the Work Programme for at least 26 weeks.

What is the Apprenticeship Grant to Employers?

The apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the apprenticeship programme.

The Skills Funding Agency will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500.

AGE 16 to 24 is for employers with fewer than 50 employees, who are new to apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. Employers can be paid up to 5 grants in total.

If you are interested in finding out more about the AGE 16 to 24 Grant please follow this link:

What salary can I expect as an Apprentice?

The current minimum wage rate (as of 1st October 2015) for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

All other apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage which is £5.30 for those aged 18-20 and £6.70 for those aged 21 years and over.

What can I do next?:

  • Apprentices can progress from Level 2 to Level 3 Apprenticeships, jobs with training or further education
  • Level 3 Apprentices can progress to higher education to study foundation or honours degrees
  • Go into full-time employment.

What are the benefits to employers?

  • Better-trained employees, with the right skills
  • Provide your employees with industry specific expertise directly relevant to the business
  • Improved productivity
  • Business specific training to creating immediate positive impact to business
  • Motivated and loyal workers
  • Apprentices feel valued, which makes them motivated
  • Progression pathways available to higher qualifications, Foundation Degree, Degree and Professional Qualifications
  • Potential managers / leaders of the future
  • Improved retention especially in high turnover sectors
  • Apprentices are five times more likely to stay with a company than their peers who have not undergone Apprenticeship training (Labour Force Survey 2001–2004)