Considering Starting An Apprenticeship?


At North of England Training, we are passionate about apprenticeships. We have a dedicated team of
like-minded people who are here to provide information and advice about everything from finding apprenticeship vacancies to acing an interview. Whether you are looking for a specific apprenticeship role or just want to find out what an apprenticeship is, we can help you. We work closely with employers across the North West to offer a range of apprenticeship roles. We are committed to delivering high quality training and maintaining high standards in everything that we do. Here you will find some essential information about apprenticeships:

Frequently Asked Questions

An apprenticeship is when an individual works and learns at the same time.

As an apprentice, you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay.

What makes an apprenticeship different to another job is that it is a training role, where you will be working towards a package of qualifications alongside your job. These qualifications will be directly relevant to the job that you are doing, whatever role you are working in.
As an apprentice, you’ll usually be employed to work for 30 hours per week in a job role specific to your subject of study, although this can vary depending on your role.

The Government sets the standard minimum wage for apprentices at £3.40 per hour, although this is subject to change. Check here for the latest information on rates of pay.

The qualifications you achieve in an apprenticeship involve learning knowledge and theory, just as you would do in an A-Level or Degree. The difference with Apprenticeship qualifications is that you will also develop the essential practical, work-based skills as well as learn the knowledge and theory side relevant to your job role. Depending on which apprenticeship you do, the practical skills may also form part of your assessment. An apprenticeship is a bit like learning to drive; you need to pass both the theory and the practical elements in order to pass your exam!

An apprenticeship qualification tells future employers that you have the employability skills that they are looking for – things like good timekeeping, good communication skills, being a team-player, professional standards, understanding policies and procedures of the workplace etc. These are the types of employability skills that you develop as part of your apprenticeship to help you become an effective professional.