FAQs Apprentice Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What levels of Apprenticeship are there?
There are various levels of apprenticeship to apply for depending on current skills and qualifications.  Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

Name Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passed at Grade A* – C or 9 – 4
Advanced 3 2 A Level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 HND Level or above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess an apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.

What can I expect to be paid as an Apprentice?
The minimum salary is £3.70 per hour, however many apprentices now earn an average of £170 a week.  This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and apprentices aged 19* or over.  *but only in the first year of their Apprenticeship, it will then increase to the National Minimum Wage for your relative age group.

Do I need to be employed to undertake an Apprenticeship?
Quite simply, yes.  All apprentices must be employed, working a minimum of 30 hours a week before we can offer them a training programme.

Can anyone become an Apprentice?
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 taking part in full-time education.

However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.

Can I undertake an Apprenticeship if I have a degree?
Technically, yes, you can.  Apprenticeship can be funded at the same or lower level than a qualification you already hold, if the apprenticeship allows you to acquire substantive new skills and we can show that the content of the training is materially different from any prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship you have done.

How do I apply to become an Apprentice?
If you are a school leaver you can apply here.  If you are an adult or College learner and are looking to secure an Apprenticeship now you can apply here or view our many vacancies here and apply direct.

What happens after I have applied to become an Apprentice?
If you have been lucky enough to find an employer, we will ask for their details to make arrangements to visit the company.  We will also invite you to College to for an interview and initial assessment to ensure you enrol on to the correct type and level of Apprenticeship.  If you haven’t yet secure an employer we will invite you in for interview and initial assessment and then work with you to support you to secure employment.

What happens if I’m unsuccessful?
If you didn’t quite make the grade to get on to an Apprenticeship, or you are struggling to find an employer, don’t worry! Apprenticeships can be extremely competitive and for some individuals your journey onto an Apprenticeship might start with a full-time or part-time course at College.  This will give you the opportunity to develop your skills and abilities to progress into an Apprenticeship in the future.  100s of Preston’s College students have made the transition from classroom based study into Apprenticeships over the last 12-18 months.