9 facts you need to know about apprenticeships

Written: 12 April 2021

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Often people get apprenticeship misinformation and untruths. We wanted to remove the apprenticeship myths and provide you with the facts so you’re informed.

Fact 1: An apprenticeship is a REAL JOB

We hear it all the time that an apprenticeship is not a real job. This is not true! When you become an apprentice you are an employee for the business you work for. You will have a contract of employment, you will get paid and you will receive leave for holidays.

Fact 2: Employers are still hiring apprentices during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has definitely changed the way people are working and living. This hasn't stopped employers hiring. There are still plenty of employers looking to hire apprentices. Take a look here and see the number of live apprenticeship vacancies you can apply for in Leeds. We’ll even help you apply if you want? Contact us.


Fact 3: Some apprenticeships allow you to achieve a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.

Apprenticeships range from Level 2 (equal to 5 x GCSEs) through to Level 7 (equal to a Masters). Introduced in 2010, Level 6 and 7 apprenticeships allow you to achieve a degree as an apprentice. The Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship is equal to a Bachelor’s Degree and the Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship is equal to a Master’s Degree. Find out more about apprenticeship levels and their equivalents here.

Fact 4: There are hundreds of apprenticeship roles available across all sectors.

There once was a time when you could only apply for apprenticeships in manufacturing, trade or technology. Now there are thousands of apprenticeship roles in lots of sectors. Service professions have caught up and have hundreds of apprenticeships to choose from. You can even take on an apprenticeship to become a solicitor or barrister.

Fact 5: The minimum wage is £4.30 per hour in the first year, but many employers choose to pay more than this.

The government sets the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage every year. It is currently at £4.30 per hour in your first year of an apprenticeship, yet many employers choose to pay more than this. If you are aged 19 or over and have completed your first year of your apprenticeship you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

Fact 6: Apprenticeships are for anyone aged 16 or over

The minimum age to start an apprenticeship is 16, there is no upper age limit. Lots of people use an apprenticeship to change career or gain qualifications. Apprenticeships aren’t only for young people or school or college leavers.

Fact 7: You can become an apprentice in your current role

Shut the front door! Did you know you can use an apprenticeship to upskill and retrain in your existing role?!?! People do this to gain qualifications, progress in their career or upskill themselves. If you want to become an apprentice in your current role contact our business support team.


Fact 8: Depending on the level, an apprenticeship can last from 1 year up to 6 years.

This is all dependent on the level of apprenticeship you choose. A higher level apprenticeship such as a Level 6 or 7 (Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree) can last up to six years.


Fact 9: An apprenticeship includes 20% training.

Your apprenticeship includes training or study related to your role. This will make up at least 20% of your normal working hours. Depending on your employer and the type of apprenticeship, training will be undertaken weekly or in blocks of study a month.

It is undertaken either at a college or training provider, at work or online. This is again dependent on your employer or the type of apprenticeship, you will not be able to choose.

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Now you should have a bit more clarity about apprenticeships. Get further information and support to become an apprentice by contacting us.