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 gain on-the-job experience 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 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 Information Unit on 01226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk