Is there an age limit to do an apprenticeship?

To apply for an apprenticeship, you have to be aged 16 or above. There is no maximum age limit of starting a course, so whether you’re 18 or 60, you can become an apprentice.

Are apprenticeships for new employees only?

No, you can become an apprentice even if you have been in the job role for many years. Apprenticeships are a great way to get qualifications and enhance your knowledge. You will need to be employed in the role you are wanting to study an apprenticeship in.

What are the entry requirements of an apprenticeship?

You must be:
• Aged 16 or over
• Currently living in England
• Meet the minimum entry requirements for the apprenticeship

How will I be trained?

An apprenticeship is a work based qualification, so you must be employed. Each programme has its own apprenticeship framework, set by the industry, which will enable you to develop the knowledge and practical skills you need for the workplace. As part of your apprenticeship you will work towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), Technical Certificate, and Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT.

How much will I get paid?

Your employer must pay you a wage and this is set by the Government. More information about the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage can be found on the Directgov website.

How many hours will apprentices be expected to work per week?

Apprentices work a maximum of 40 hours per week.

How long will it take to complete my apprenticeship?

Each course will take approximately 12-24 months to complete, depending on the course level.

What qualification will I achieve?

You will gain a nationally recognised qualification dependent upon the level of study you undertake.

They all lead to National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) either at Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship), Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship) or Level 4 (Higher Apprenticeship).
You will also work towards a Technical Certificate, and Functional Skills qualifications in English, maths and ICT.

To find out more, please call the Info Unit on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email