Common Apprenticeship Questions

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.

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.

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

An apprenticeship is a work based qualification, so you must be employed. Each programme has its own apprenticeship framework/standard, set by the industry, which will enable you to develop the knowledge and practical skills you need for the workplace.

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.

Apprentices work a maximum of 40 hours per week.

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

To find out more, please call the Info Unit on 01226 216 123 or email