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8th February 2021

Interested in apprenticeships? HCUK Training works closely with local and national businesses to create opportunities to train and study towards accredited qualifications.

  • What Is An Apprenticeship?
    Apprenticeships are an exciting option - you get hands-on training and also the chance to put your skills into practice. An apprenticeship is a real job - with a contract of employment - where you learn, gain experience and get paid. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge - along with a qualification - needed for your chosen career.
  • As An Apprentice, You’ll…
  • Learn and train for a specific job
  • Get paid and receive holiday leave
  • Get hands-on experience in a real job
  • Study for at least 20% of your working hours - usually at a college, university or with a training provider
  • Complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • Be on a career path with lots of future potential
  • Who Can Do An Apprenticeship?
    Anyone in England aged 16 years old and above. From school leavers, to people who would like to upskill in their current roles and those who would like a complete career change - there is no upper age limit. In most cases there are no formal qualifications needed to do an apprenticeship however, some employers and training providers may ask for GCSEs (A-C) in English, Maths and Science for higher level apprenticeships.
  • How Much Will You Earn?
    What you earn will depend on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship you choose. If you're aged 16 to 18 or in the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the apprentice rate. If you're 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage. This is the minimum you’ll earn - many employers pay a lot more and offer their apprentices a competitive salary.
  • What Levels Of An Apprenticeship Are Available?
    Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A Level.
LevelEquivalent Education Level
Advanced3A Level
Higher4, 5, 6 & 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 & 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree
  • How Long Does An Apprenticeship Last?
    It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is, your previous experience and the industry sector. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an advanced Level 3 apprenticeship around 24 months.
  • What Do You Do When You’ve Finished?
    It is up to you what you do when you have finished your apprenticeship. Research has shown that apprenticeships boost productively, retention and overall business performance, so more and more employers are now looking to grow their businesses both through taking on apprentices and hiring former apprentices. Plus, over 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends. That’s a great statistic and shows how valued their qualifications and experience are. Alternatively, you may also decide to apply for university.
  • How Do You Apply?
    Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a job, which means you will have to go through an application process. Don’t worry though, we have an Apprenticeship Team on hand ready to help! You can browse our current apprenticeship vacancies on our website -
  • Ready To Take The Next Step
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