Find out the key info about apprenticeships, including what they are, how they work, and more.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is an opportunity to work and study at the same time. Most of your time is spent doing on-the-job training, and the rest is spent working towards a qualification. You’ll get paid a salary and be part of a team, just like a standard employee, but you’ll also get dedicated study time throughout the week.
The qualification you can achieve could vary from the equivalent to GCSEs, to a master’s degree depending on the level of apprenticeship you take. There are different types or levels of apprenticeships depending on where you are in the UK. Each level apprenticeship will have different entry requirements.
Have a look at how apprenticeships compare to other qualifications:
What types of apprenticeships are available?
Find out more about apprenticeships in England.
Find out more about apprenticeships in Wales.
Find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland.
Learn what you need to know about apprenticeships in Northern Ireland.
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job. Here’s what you need to know:
- apprenticeships don't follow the same deadlines as applying to uni, the deadline is down to the employer
- you apply directly through the employer
- you're not restricted to one apprenticeship application; you can do as many as you like
- There's nothing stopping you applying to university through UCAS, while also applying for apprenticeship vacancies
Looking for jobs and apprenticeships? We can match you to potential employers.
Just create a UCAS account and fill in a quick form to tell us what you are interested in, where you live, and how far you want to travel.
Read about real-life apprentices
Find out how Amy got her Level 3 apprenticeship at the Welsh Rugby Union
Read about Maisy's journey as a software engineering degree apprentice.
Learn from Azrah about her clinical trial degree apprenticeship.
How much will I get paid?
At least £5.28 per hour
As an apprentice, you must receive at least the apprenticeship minimum wage of £5.28 per hour. After your first year, you should then receive the minimum wage for your age group. Many employers offer more - check the vacancy for more info
Do I need certain grades?
It depends on the vacancy
You can start at the level best suited to your stage of learning. Each vacancy gives the grades and qualities the employer is looking for. The best place to start is to look through some vacancies to decide what level might be right for you.