Life as an Apprentice


An Apprenticeship isn’t like going to college or university. As an apprentice you will be doing a real job in a real workplace – and getting paid for it.

You will have responsibilities to your employer and your colleagues and you’ll be working as part of a team.

Many companies that employ apprentices have a range of outstanding facilities for their staff. These include sporting and social activities and a range of other opportunities. It’s always worth finding out about these benefits from an employer at your interview or once you’ve started your Apprenticeship.

Every Apprenticeship role is different, but you can expect your working day to be varied, stimulating and challenging. You will be learning new skills and meeting new people in a new environment and you may be working with colleagues or the general public for the first time. You will also be getting used to working for your employer, which can be a very different environment from school or college. But whatever your role you know that everybody is working towards the same goal – your success and the success of the business you are working in.

Benefits of studying an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.

A real job.

Over 150,000 employers are offering Apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations.[2] 
Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from Construction to Hairdressing.

A real qualification.

Quality is key to Apprenticeships. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world. 

A real future.

After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.

A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.

(Statistics provided by the National Apprenticeship Service)