As a parent you want
your child to get the best possible
start in their career.

As a parent you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. There are many options available to young people after they leave school and an apprenticeship is an excellent stepping stone to fulfilling and successful career.
An apprenticeship is a real job combined with training which allows your child to earn a salary whilst they gain the nationally recognised qualifications they need to succeed in their chosen profession. Apprentices have the same employment rights as any other employee such as paid holidays. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover almost every job role imaginable, including accounting, finance, business administration, law, engineering, social media, digital marketing, chartered surveying and even nuclear science.

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond, enabling a young person to be just as qualified as their peers who attended university, but with the added benefits of earning a salary along the way, no tuition fees or debts, and gaining the vital work experience that potential employers want to see.

Entry Requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England.
There are different entry requirements depending on the sector, job and level of apprenticeship.


The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.40** per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.

*University education – Is this the best route into employment?
AAT and CEBR Feb 2013
**subject to change

School Leaving Age

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. If your child was born on or after 1 September 1997 they must stay in some form of education or training until at least their 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school; it could be through:
– Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider.
– Full-time work or volunteeringcombined with part-time education or training.
– An apprenticeship or traineeship.

Applying for an apprenticeship

Applying for an apprenticeship with North of England Training could not be easier.
We offer a variety of apprenticeships in different industries.

We have a number of apprenticeship vacancies available right now.
Click here (link to vacancies page) to see what’s available right now.

Need more?

Why not have a look at the parent's guide to apprenticeships?