Apprenticeships and training

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are for everyone

Find out more about the type of and routes into apprenticeships from this video produced by Careers Yorkshire and Humber.

There are more videos and other information about apprenticeships on the website

An apprenticeship is a job with training. It usually involves on and off-the-job training leading to qualifications at level 2 or 3 and beyond. You may prefer this type of practical learning to full-time study.

    • Intermediate - level 2 apprenticeships for people aged 16 and above. Some but not all employers will askfor GCSEs at grade 4/5 or C or above
    • Advanced - level 3 apprenticeships are also for over 16s. They need four or five GCSEs at grade 4/5 or C or above, usually including English and maths, or an intermediate apprenticeship.

Usually you'll work for a company four days a week and do one day a week at a local college or a training provider working towards qualifications, such as NVQs or BTECs. Some apprentices do other patterns of training, such as block release - one or two weeks at a time away from work. Apprenticeships are available in a range of careers and industries from catering and hospitality to, engineering and advanced manufacturing, and health and social care.

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Apprentices are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices of £3.50 but many employers pay more (from April 2017).

If you are doing a paid apprenticeship you are classed as being in employment so child benefit and child tax credits will stop or Universal Credit may be reduced once you've started your apprenticeship

Not ready for an apprenticeship?

Traineeships and other local training at Level 1 and 2 give you extra help to develop your skills, get some work experience and improve your English, number and IT skills.


Paige and Adam

Find out what it's like to do an apprenticeship from apprentice, Paige and recently qualified, Adam. They both work in the textile sector, one in an office, the other in the manufacture of cloth. They were interviewed by Lorna, another recently qualified apprentice. Listen to Paige and Adam explaining to Lorna what is involved or read it (310kb PDF). See their full interviews on our YouTube Channel

Why is training important?

                  Employers need people with the right skills and employees need to learn new and develop existing skills to make the right start in a good career. That's why training is important.

Mary 1419163929054

Case study

Mary chose to do an apprenticeship after talking to Kirklees College. The chance to learn something in real life, especially how to deal with things going wrong, rather than sitting in a class room was what swung it for her.

Read more about Mary and other apprentices

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