Think apprenticeships are only for 16 to 18 year olds? Think again! The only age restriction applied to apprenticeships is a requirement to be over 16 years of age.  An apprentice can be anybody; any age, any level of previous study and in almost any industry. In fact, higher level apprenticeships are only available to those over 18.

Apprenticeships can also be used for currently employed staff to support professional development. If you are considering this option, our Apprenticeships Advisers are available to offer free and impartial advice to find the right apprenticeship and to support you and your employer through the process.


Before thinking about applying for an apprenticeship think about what industry interests you. Think about your interests and your past experience and then start looking at opportunities.

Apprenticeship levels now range from Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2) up to Degree Apprenticeships (Level 7) and there are over 500 apprenticeship standards available. Every profession has an apprenticeship standard that outlines what you’ll be trained and assessed on. Do your research to ensure you choose the right apprenticeship. Once you have a good idea of what you want to do, you can browse the www.gov.uk website for vacancies to find the right one for you: www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk


Apprenticeships combine hands on training and work in a paid position with a real employer, resulting in the achievement of a qualification. At least 20% of your time is set aside for learning, and the rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in your place of work. Apprenticeships can also be used for currently employed staff to support professional development.
No! Some people think that apprenticeships are just for “young people”, this isn't true! Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and over and not in full time education. Apprenticeships are a great way to restart, retrain, change your career or progress within your current workplace.
The minimum length of an apprenticeship is 12 months; however, the length of apprenticeship depends on the sector and level chosen. An apprenticeship at intermediate level 2 would last approximately 12-18 months, while an apprenticeship at advanced level 3 will last approximately 24 months. Higher level and degree apprenticeships can last three to five years. Apprenticeships can also be completed part-time over a longer period of time.
Your earnings will depend on your apprenticeship and employer. You are entitled to the minimum wage for an apprentice, however many employers pay above the minimum apprentice wage. You’ll be paid for your normal working hours and the training that’s part of the apprenticeship. You’ll also get at least 20 days paid holiday plus bank holidays.
No, some apprenticeships do ask for certain levels of Maths and English qualifications but not all. If you don’t hold Maths or English qualifications you are likely to be required to work towards and achieve functional skills in Maths and English as part of the apprenticeship, and would be fully supported by your apprenticeship provider to achieve these.
No, many providers deliver training and learning in the workplace rather than you having to attend College.
The employer and apprenticeship provider will work with you to identify your individual learning and support needs and develop a plan to support you throughout your apprenticeship. You employer will provide a dedicated mentor to support and guide you throughout your apprenticeship.
Off-the-job training is learning which is undertaken outside of day-to-day work duties and leads towards the achievement of your apprenticeship. This training takes place within the your normal (contracted) paid working hours.
Apprenticeships are advertised all year round. You can apply for an apprenticeship leading up to leaving school, or at any time in your adult life. You can browse the www.gov.uk website for vacancies to find the right one for you: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/. You can filter by qualification, sector and area.
All apprenticeships have an End Point Assessment where you need to show you have developed certain skills, knowledge and behaviours. The assessments are planned between you, your employer and apprenticeship provider to agree you are ready before the assessments take place. The style of assessments varies depending on the occupation and level of apprenticeship you are completing.
  • Earn while you learn, with paid holidays
  • Receive recognised qualifications
  • Gain real work experience
  • Improve your employability
  • Personalised support to develop your skills
  • Entitlement to NUS card apprenticeextra.co.uk
You will achieve the Apprenticeship Standard for the subject and level you have been studying. You will also achieve Maths and English if you had not previously achieved these prior to starting. Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.
Progression routes could include securing permanent or part time employment with your current apprenticeship employer or moving on to an advanced or higher-level apprenticeship. Some courses also carry UCAS points enabling you to move on to University.


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The Apprenticeship Hub is part funded by the European Social Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, and is delivered in Partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Calderdale College