What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a job, with a wage, combined with training or qualifications that have been developed by the relevant industry.

You apply for an Apprenticeship like you would for any other vacancy and you will have to attend employer interviews, where you will be up against other candidates going for the same vacancy. If you are successful you will start work and begin your Apprenticeship qualifications.

Because you have a job, you get paid anything above the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage of £3.50 an hour, although many employers pay more than this to start. The employers fix the rate of pay for the Apprenticeship.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

For those people who learn better in a more ‘hands-on’ fashion, Apprenticeships offer a great way to train or gain qualifications whilst at the same time putting what you have learned into practice. There is a requirement that everyone achieves English and Maths at grade ‘C’ as part of their Apprenticeship. For those who have not achieved a Grade C (Grade 4) for GCSE it will mean taking Functional Skills qualifications up to level 2 as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

For those who already hold a degree. Apprenticeship funding is available providing there is no duplication of qualifications already held.

‘Funding for Apprenticeships is now available to anyone above the age of 16’ 

Apprenticeship qualification levels… what do they mean?

There are now 4 levels of Apprenticeship available. The lowest levels aimed at entry-level roles in an industry, whilst the top levels have in an industry, whilst the top levels have significant senior or management responsibility.

Intermediate Apprenticeship:

An Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) programme, when completed, is the academic equivalent of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above.

Advanced Apprenticeship:

An Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) programme is the equivalent of 2 A-levels.

Higher Apprenticeship:

Many sectors are developing Apprenticeships at Level 4 or Level , allowing for progression to degree-level qualifications.

Degree Apprenticeship:

These programmes include a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree from a top university as part of the programme. The cost of the degree is shared between the employer and the government.

Where to get information on Apprenticeships

Positive Steps

Positive Steps is an organisation that can assist young people aged 13 – 19 (or up to 24 with Learning Difficulties or from a Care background) with excellent, independent careers guidance.

A drop-in service is available at:

The Lighthouse Project, Top Floor Arndale Centre, Middleton

Tuesday 10am – 1pm and Thursday 1pm – 4pm


This is a website where you will be able to search and apply for local Apprenticeship vacancies


This is the national website where you can apply for posts all over the country.

Northern Apprenticeships connect employers and students to appropriate Apprenticeship frameworks. They will support students searching for apprenticeships to place them with the right employer, as well as free advice and guidance from Apprenticeship interview techniques to CV writing assistance.

OTC provide Apprenticeships and Traineeships in the following areas:

  • Engineering – Electrical/Electronics
  • Engineering – Mechanical
  • Engineering – Fabrication and Welding
  • Business Administration and Customer Service
  • Team Leading and Management
  • Warehousing and Storage

The Skills Company will help you to find a job that you’ll love, help you learn new skills and enable you to live the lifestyle that having a successful career can bring.

The logistics academy recruit and train apprentices covering a wide range of roles including warehouse operatives, mechanics, road transport co-ordinators and customer service advisors. They also provide free driving lessons as part of the Trainee and Apprenticeship programme.

Rathbone Training is a youth charity that has been working with young people for over 100 years. They offer their apprenticeships in:

  • Business Administration
  • Childcare
  • Residential Childcare
  • Health and Social Care
  • Social Media & Digital Marketing
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistants)
  • Vehicle Fitting & Maintenance and Repair
  • Youth Work

KYP are based in Rochdale town centre and they deliver Apprenticeship training at Levels 2, 3 or 5 in the following areas:

  • Admin and Customer Service
  • Childcare and Residential Childcare
  • Health and Social Care
  • Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Team Leading and Management

Rochdale Training has been working with employers and Apprentices for over 50 years and Ofsted have graded them as Outstanding for Teaching, Training, Learning & Assessment. Besides specialising in Apprenticeships, they provide NVQ qualifications at various levels and many short courses in a wide variety of business related areas.