What is an Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work-based qualifications lasting between 16 and 21 months.  You’ll complete both practical on-the-job training to get real work experience as well as off-the-job learning to develop your knowledge and understanding of your job role.

Your qualification will consist of both mandatory and optional units. However, you don’t need to worry about which ones to choose, we will help you choose the right combination to fit your job role as well as helping you achieve your future career goals. Depending on the qualification you’re doing, your Apprenticeships will also include Functional Skills to increase your confidence in everyday English, Maths and IT skills.

Apprenticeships also include:

  • End Point Assessment (EPA) 

Are there different levels of Apprenticeships available?

Training Works can offer a range of levels of Apprenticeships that match your individual needs and career aspirations.

Intermediate Apprenticeship 

An Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) has an equivalent educational level of 5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C/ 9-4 PLUS:

  • NVQ Level 2
  • GNVQ Intermediate
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • BTEC First Diploma

Advanced Apprenticeship 

An Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) has an equivalent educational level of 2 A Levels PLUS:

  • NVQ Level 3
  • GNVQ Advanced
  • BTEC National Certificate

Higher Apprenticeship 

A Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5) has an equivalent educational level to an NVQ Level 5 or a Foundation Degree PLUS:

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)

What can I earn while on an Apprenticeship?

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is currently £4.30 per hour (as of 1st April 2021). Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age if they fall into both of the following categories:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

National Minimum Wage (April 2021 – March 2022)

YEAR 25 AND OVER 21 – 24 18 – 20 UNDER 18 APPRENTICE
2021 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30

The above information illustrates the legal minimum pay per hour. The actual wage that you will receive can differ from employer to employer depending on industry, job role and Apprenticeship level however, they are legally prohibited to pay below the wage levels outlined above.

Entry Requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. The National Apprenticeship Service is committed to ensuring that high quality apprenticeships are a prestigious option, accessible to all people from all backgrounds. All vacancies on ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ will clearly state what the entry requirements are for the job role being advertised. There will be different entry requirements depending on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level.

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship?

Training Works are always looking for excellent candidates. To find out who is currently advertising, please keep an eye out on our website under the Opportunities page, social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) as well as the national ‘Find a Apprenticeship’ website where all our current vacancies will be advertised. 


What is the role of the Training Provider?

Training Works has a key role to play in providing you with the most comprehensive off-the-job training, assessing your progress ensuring that you achieve your qualifications and offering you support throughout your Apprenticeship journey. Training Works will work closely with your employer to make sure that you receive:

  • An induction at commencement of the Apprenticeship programme.
  • A detailed training plan (which includes off-the-job training).
  • Regular progress reviews.
  • Mentoring and support throughout your Apprenticeship.

During your sign up process, all the above will be documented within a commitment statement that will form part of your Apprenticeship agreement. This is an Individual Plan that all parties (including Training Works, your employer and yourself) will be required to sign up to.

How many hours a week should I be working?

The minimum duration of each individual Apprenticeship is based upon the Apprentice working at least 30 hours per week – this must include any off-the-job training that you undertake. However, there are some circumstances where this does not apply. Where hours are reduced to below the threshold of 30 hours per week, the duration of the Apprenticeship will be extended to take this into account.

The time spent on off-the-job training should be at least 20% and must be included as part of your contracted working hours. Your employer must allow you to complete your Apprenticeship and any English & Maths support within these hours.