Please note that the information within this section has been written for England only. 

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are defined by the UK government as paid jobs where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. Apprentices have the same rights as other employees and are entitled to be paid at least the apprentice rate of the national minimum wage. A successful apprentice may receive a nationally recognised qualification on the completion of an end point assessment. Find out more on

Apprenticeships basics: frequently asked questions

If you are thinking of applying for an apprenticeship, you will probably have lots of questions. The essential guide to apprenticeship support, published by the National Apprenticeship Service, will answer many of your questions including:

  • What sort of apprenticeship should I do?
  • What level of apprenticeships are there?
  • Where do I look for an apprenticeship?
  • What is the role of my employer?
  • What is my employment status as an apprentice?
  • What should I be paid?

Download The essential guide to apprenticeship support

Download the Report