Traineeships and apprenticeships


Apprenticeships are:

  • about working for an employer and learning and earning at the same time
  • available throughout the UK in more than 180 different job areas
  • Minimum wage for apprentices of £3.50 per hour

Training/assessment is on-the-job. Usually spend one day a week, or part of a day, with a learning provider or college.

Type of Qualifications:

  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). NVQs are based around a specific area of work and include practical skills and work-based assessment. There are more than 900 NVQs designed for people interested in specific occupations – from beauty therapy and travel services to veterinary nursing and plumbing.
  • Functional skills qualifications in English, maths and ICT – the core bits of these subjects that are regarded as essential for workers, by all employers.
  • Could also study for a technical certificate. These are vocational qualifications, such as BTEC National and City & Guilds progression awards, which teach the technical skills and theory needed for a job.

How long do Apprenticeships last?

It usually takes at least a year to complete an apprenticeship – although some can take up to five, depending on which career.

More information

This is just a brief introduction to Apprenticeships. More information can be found at