Apprenticeship Information

Find out everything there is to know about Apprenticeships!

What is an Apprenticeship?

All Apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the national minimum Apprenticeship wage – and many employers pay significantly more.

Who can apply?

If you live in England and are over 16 you can apply for an Apprenticeship.

What levels are available?

There are various levels of Apprenticeship you can undertake depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  • Level 2 Intermediate (equivalent to 5 GCSEs)
  • Level 3 Advanced (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)
  • Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 Higher (equivalent to a Foundation degree or above)

How much will I get paid?

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice. The starting salary for apprentices is currently £4.81 per hour. More information can be found on the government website.

How many holidays will I get?

Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday. Read more about Apprentice Holiday Entitlement Rights.

How do I apply?

Applying is very simple. Here are the three main steps:

  1. Apply online for an Apprenticeship.
  2. Choose the Apprenticeship you want to do.
  3. We'll invite you into Blackburn College for an initial assessment.

After completing the three steps above, you'll be ready to start your Apprenticeship. Start dates are subject to passing the assessment and a successful interview for an existing job vacancy or on a vacancy you have secured yourself.

Where can I get more information?


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