What are Apprenticeships?

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £4.15 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not in full-time education.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to doing an apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include:

  • earning a salary
  • getting paid holidays
  • receiving training
  • gaining qualifications
  • learning job-specific skills


Where to look for an Apprenticeship

Main site to use to find apprenticeship vacancies of all levels, including higher and degree apprenticeships.




Information on apprenticeships found in the Chesterfield area.



Help with applying for an Apprenticeship



Successfully getting an apprenticeship may involve having to take aptitude tests – this link provides information on them.



Help with how to write a winning application form for an apprenticeship.



Help from UCAS about how to prepare your CV for an apprenticeship and, in other linked sections, there is also help with interviews, and much more