About apprenticeships

How does it work?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training; you will earn money whilst learning and will gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships can take between one and six years to complete, but the length of the apprenticeship depends on its level, the skills the apprentice already has and the industry itself. The training for the apprenticeship takes place in the work place and also outside of the workplace at a college or training provider, again this is dependent on the level and course but training will be provided as it is a requirement of the apprenticeship.

Can I do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone regardless of age and experience, if you are over 16, not in full-time education and living in England then you can do an apprenticeship!

How much can I earn as an apprentice?

Apprenticeship salaries vary depending on the company you work for but you will be paid at least the minimum wage rate, this applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Many companies pay a lot higher than this including Brighton & Hove City Council.

During the first year

Intermediate Level 2: £5.60 per hour / £10,804 per annum
Advanced or Higher Level 3+: £7.05 per hour / £13,601 per annum

Once completed first year

National Minimum Wage appropriate for the age of the apprentice. This must not be less than the starting salary.

What are the different levels and what do they mean?

There are various levels of apprenticeship to apply for depending on current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes
Advanced 3 2 A Level passes
Higher 4 and 5 Foundation Degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelors or masters degree

What are degree apprenticeships?

Degree apprenticeships are a real alternative to the traditional university study; degree apprenticeships combine full-time paid work with free part-time university study. Like any other apprenticeship you will be working towards a qualification, in this case you will be working towards a degree level qualification, with no university fees.  To find out more information about degree apprenticeships, read the guide here or watch our video.