Apprenticeship FAQs

Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular way to gain valuable skills, experience, and certifications in the workplace. With so many questions about what an apprenticeship entails, it can be difficult to understand exactly how they work. We have covered every apprenticeship FAQ you could think of in order to provide you with as much information as possible.

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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of education and work-based learning designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their chosen career. Apprenticeships are typically offered by employers and provide an alternative route into a job role, combining working with studying.

Apprentices can gain experience in the workplace while earning money, as well as completing on-the-job training and qualifications relevant to the sector they are working in. Apprenticeships range from entry level positions all the way through to higher levels such as degree apprenticeships, enabling people to gain qualifications up to degree level without having attended university or college. These types of apprenticeships have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the cost savings associated with them compared with traditional undergraduate degrees.

How to get an apprenticeship

First, it’s important to understand the process of applying for an apprenticeship. Researching potential employers is key; look into their values, goals, and current job postings to see if they align with your interests. Once you find suitable employers, apply directly on their website or through job search websites like Indeed or Monster. Make sure your CV is tailored to each employer and that you include any relevant skills or work experience from previous jobs or volunteer roles.

Is an apprenticeship full-time education?

Apprenticeships are classed as full-time education, in relation to the laws on leaving school.

Can you do an apprenticeship part time?

Apprentices are expected to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week, including study time. Part-time apprenticeships may be arranged in mitigating circumstances, such as the apprentice having caring responsibilities. These arrangements are all made at the discretion of the employer and apprenticeship provider.

How do apprenticeships work?

Apprenticeships typically last between one and four years and provide practical training alongside academic study. Apprentices can be employed full-time or part-time whilst they complete their studies and work towards achieving a qualification such as NVQs, BTECs or even Higher National Diplomas (HND). During their apprenticeship students will have the support of an employer who provides guidance on the job role and access to all necessary resources required during their course, such as equipment and premises.

Can you do an apprenticeship if you have a degree?

Apprenticeships are not just designed for those who don’t have a degree, but can be used as a valuable addition to your skill set and enhance your professional development even if you have a university qualification.

With the new government initiatives in place, many employers are now offering higher and degree apprenticeships which are open to anyone who has or is studying towards a university qualification. These programmes offer invaluable skills and experiences ranging from management training, project management roles, software engineering and more. They provide the opportunity to gain qualifications in line with industry standards whilst also gaining hands-on experience of the day-to-day work environment.

What will you learn on an apprenticeship?

The type of knowledge gained will depend on the field of your chosen apprenticeship. You may be gaining valuable technical skills such as coding or bricklaying in addition to learning industry specific terminology associated with the trade. In some cases, depending on your level of experience prior, you may even be tackling complex projects within your own area of expertise. You will also gain transferable skills such as communication and teamwork that can be used across many industries.

Which companies offer apprenticeships?

A wide variety of different companies offer apprenticeships, whether large or small. View our apprenticeship jobs to discover which companies are currently hiring for apprentices.

Can you do more than one apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships, like other qualifications such as GCSEs and A Levels, can be progressed through. You could begin with a Level 2 apprenticeship and progress to Level 3, and so on. You aren’t limited to just one apprenticeship.

Can you go to uni after an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships can provide a route into higher education and many employers even welcome their prior apprentices back to the workplace after they have graduated from university. The most attractive option for those considering this path is that there are so many apprenticeship courses available that link with the skills developed during an apprenticeship. Attending university after completing an apprenticeship can be hugely beneficial; it allows you to build on the knowledge you already have while developing additional skills and qualifications needed for future job prospects.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone over the age of 16 can do an apprenticeship, as long as they are not in full-time education and are a resident of England.

Is an apprenticeship a job?

An apprenticeship is a form of job training where a person works for an employer to learn a particular trade or craft. Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular as young people search for ways to gain valuable experience and knowledge in the job market. It counts as full-time education, and also as a job role, as you work full-time. Apprenticeships also allow you a direct pathway into a range of apprenticeship careers once you have completed your course.

Can you get a mortgage on an apprenticeship?

The short answer to this question is yes; it is possible for apprentices to secure a mortgage. Lenders recognize the value of apprenticeships, and with some careful planning and research into what options are available, you may be able to find an affordable home loan. It’s important to remember that lenders will look at your income levels before they decide whether or not they’ll accept your application, so you may need to wait until you have been in your job long enough before beginning your mortgage application.

Can you get an apprenticeship with no experience?

The simple answer is yes. With the right attitude and determination, you can definitely secure an apprenticeship even with no prior experience. The key is to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role as well as your willingness to learn. Many employers are willing to take a chance on inexperienced candidates who show commitment and drive in their applications.

What are the different types of apprenticeships?

There are many different types of apprenticeships available to choose from, depending on your interests, qualifications and career goals. Estio is a leading provider of digital and technology apprenticeship programmes, offering a comprehensive apprenticeship course informed by industry expertise, and delivered remotely to ensure enough flexibility for your needs to be suited. View our courses to discover the range of apprenticeships on offer.

When is the best time to apply for apprenticeships?

In general, most employers recruit apprentices in the autumn; this is because they want those starting in September to finish their training at the same time as the academic year ends. This means that applications open up around six months before then, usually between February and April. However, some employers may offer apprenticeship positions throughout the year or even outside of these timescales. It’s important to research potential employers thoroughly and stay up-to-date on any job opportunities that become available.

How long are apprenticeships?

The length of apprenticeships varies depending on the industry and type of qualification being achieved. Generally speaking, most apprenticeships last between one and four years; however this can sometimes be much longer for certain qualifications or career paths.

How does an apprenticeship compare to a degree?

The primary benefit of an apprenticeship over a degree is that you obtain real work experience throughout the program. Apprentices will be able to gain valuable insights into their chosen field by working alongside experienced professionals in their respective industry. Additionally, many apprenticeships may even lead to permanent jobs with the same employer after successful completion of the program.

What happens if I leave my company?

Leaving a company as an apprentice can have long-term implications. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of leaving and decide what’s best for you.

Leaving your apprenticeship before you complete it not only leaves you without the credentials, but also affects your professional credibility. Apprenticeships provide insight into the industry, valuable skills training, and are often part of a pathway to further education or employment within that field. Leaving without completing it might make future employers question why you chose not to finish it.

If possible, try talking with management about any issues or concerns that may be causing you to consider leaving. You can also look into transferring within the company or taking a leave of absence in order to address any personal matters outside of work.


What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?

At the end of an apprenticeship, a student is typically ready to embark on his or her own career. After completing the program, a graduate will be knowledgeable and well-versed in their chosen occupation. Generally speaking, they should possess all the skills necessary to excel in their field.

Upon graduating from an apprenticeship program, most students are prepared to take industry-recognized exams and professional certifications. This allows them to demonstrate mastery of their trade and further enhance their credentials for potential employers. Additionally, many training programs also offer job placement assistance for graduates who wish to find employment upon completion of the apprenticeship.

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