Information for Parents and Carers

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprentices are employed and therefore earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices will also receive training from a training provider such as Poultec Training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply to become an Apprentice.

Most of our Apprenticeships take between 12 and 18 months to complete although some take longer. The minimum salary is £3.70* per hour; however, many Apprentices earn significantly more.

*Correct as of April 2019.

Can an Apprentice earn while they learn?

Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. Apprentices work towards a work-based qualification such as an NVQ, Certificate or Diploma. Apprentices do real jobs for real employers, getting paid while they learn.

What are the levels of Apprenticeship?

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.

Higher Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

Does an Apprentice find an employer?

A key requirement for an Apprenticeship is that you have an employer. Employers are increasingly employing Apprentices in their business and advertise for Apprentices, take a look at our Apprenticeship finder or on the National Apprenticeship Service’s

Apprentices can also approach businesses themselves to see if they would be interested in recruiting an Apprentice.