Apprenticeships – Frequently Asked Questions

An Apprenticeship is a great way to earn money whilst you learn. As an Apprentice, you will work towards a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable work experience in your particular subject.

Why become an Apprentice?

The key benefits are:

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Earn a salary
  • Gain vital work experience
  • Learn alongside industry experts

How can I start an Apprenticeship?

Call our friendly Trafford First recruitment team on 0161 886 7461 or email

How much will I get paid?

The minimum wage for an Apprentice is £3.40 per hour, however employer generally pay more than the minimum amount. The National Minimum Wage applies to all apprentices 19 and over who are in the first year of an Apprenticeship.If you are already 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship, your employer must pay you the Full National Minimum Wage.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

This will depend on your employer and programme. Apprenticeships can last between 12-36 months.

What are the different types of Apprenticeships?

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4/5)

Is there an age limit?

No. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 15.

How many hours will I work?

This will depend upon your employer. Most apprentices spend 4 days at work and 1 day at  College.

Do I have to pay to become an Apprentice?

16-18 year olds – No.Over 19 – There may be additional costs for your training.  To find out more call Trafford First 0161 886 7461 or email

Do I get holidays?

Yes! – You will get at least 20 days holiday per year and bank holidays. Additional leave entitlement will depend on your employer.


What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great way to improve the productivity, loyalty and quality of a workforce through on the job training and learning. Designed specifically around the needs of your business, Apprenticeships are a cost effective way to deliver skills for new employees and experienced staff. As a result, apprentices are eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invests in them.

What are my responsibilities?

As an employer of an Apprentice, you will be required to:

  • Work with Trafford College to ensure that Apprentices are able to put their learning into practice and develop their skills
  • Allow Assessor visits for the learner and participate in reviews
  • Pay the Apprentice a wage or salary, providing and induction and treating hem as you would any other employee
  • Give Apprentices time to learn and study by allowing them to attend training, supervising their practice and ensuring their health and safety at all times.
  • Secure the mandatory industry and legal requirements for employees e.g. DBS checks, health and safety checks, employer liability insurance/public liability.

Is there a cost?

There is usually no cost for an employer taking on an Apprentice other than the Apprentice’s salary. Employers regularly find hiring an Apprentice is much more cost effective as it cuts down on the cost of job advertising and management.Is there a limit to the number of apprentices an employer can have?

No. employers can take on as many Apprentices as they wish

Are Apprenticeships for new or existing staff?

An Apprenticeship programme is open to anybody currently in or out of employment.

When can an Apprentice start?

There are no restrictions as to when an Apprentice can start, as long as they are above 15 years old.
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