Most frequently asked questions by students about apprenticeships

Will other employers respect the qualification?

Whilst studying an apprenticeship, you will gain a wide range of practical skills through study and on the job training, making you an employee that can hit the ground running. Employers value this and many of them would be keen to help you progress onto a higher or degree apprenticeship.  

How much would I get paid?

The minimum an apprentice can earn is £4.15 per hour, this should rise regularly as you progress and get older. However, many employers pay above the minimum apprentice wage.

Will I miss out on a social life? Will I work alongside other young people? 

This depends on the size of your employer, some organisations have many apprentices start at the same time and they organise socials where you can take part in fun activities to help get to know everyone. You will also meet other apprentices on your course. Smaller businesses tend to have less apprentices, but there will be other employees that are a similar age to you. 

Is it hard work?

Studying an apprenticeship can be difficult at first as you learn to balance a full time job and college. Most employers offer day release to college to give time for apprentices to attend classes and study. You will have a mentor/coach that will help you prioritise. 

Would I still live at home? 

In most cases yes, you often don’t need to move away from home as your employer and college should be local to you. As your wages rise you may look to move out. 

How would I learn? 

Most employers allow day release once a week for college attendance and time to complete coursework. Other employers allow for blocks of study such as one week at college every six weeks or so.  Employers will make your training relevant and timely to what you are working on within your role. Some larger employers provide training in-house, if you are doing a degree apprenticeship, you would enrol at university. 

What if I don’t like it?

Most employers and training providers offer support – if you are not content speak with your employer or mentor. There should be no issue with switching employers and continuing on the same apprenticeship, your training provider will help with this. 

What level of apprenticeship should I take? 

Most apprenticeship levels are intermediate or advanced (levels 2-3). Which are GCSE or A level equivalent. But after A levels students’ options become broader and higher and degree apprenticeship are becoming more common. 

Would I miss academic study? 

It depends what your main motivator is. Apprenticeships are very specific, applying what you learn at college to your job role. If you enjoy an academic challenge, in depth research or reading, you may prefer university. Although, an apprenticeship is a fantastic way of earning whilst you learn and getting a head start on the career ladder. 

*This article was created by NOCN, an educational charity and awarding body.

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