The Facts Trafford College
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The Facts
Below are just some of the questions we are often asked by people looking to start an apprenticeship.
The Facts
Below are just some of the questions we are often asked by people looking to start an apprenticeship.

Please read the following questions carefully before completing a 16 – 18 Full Time/Apprenticeship Application Form.

If you have any further questions or would like more information, contact us on 0161 886 7461, or email

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are for people living in the UK who want to work whilst gaining a qualification.

What qualifications do I need to do an apprenticeship?

Most apprenticeships require you to have a grade D or above in Maths and English language. If you have undertaken a GCSE which includes separately assessed functional content your grade of entry could be reviewed. If you do not have these grades currently, you must be able to work at Level 2 within your apprenticeship. This will form part of your initial assessment.

How do I apply if I am interested?

Our dedicated apprenticeship team will help you search our current vacancies, or help you source your placement.

Step 1: Register

Complete the apprenticeship registration form to register with our START team.

Step 2: Apply

Once we have found a suitable vacancy, and your application for that job, we will ring you if successful and submit your application to the employer.

Step 3: Finding employment

Following a successful interview you will be conditionally accepted onto an Apprenticeship.

Step 4: Start your apprenticeship

When you have employment we will confirm your place on the apprenticeship programme with Trafford College and your employer.

Contact Us

For more information about apprenticeships with Trafford College, and our vacancy matching service at START, please contact us on 0161 886 7461, or email

What happens after I have sent my application to Trafford College?

When we receive your application, our START team will contact you via email acknowledging the receipt. To help you keep your options open, if you apply for an apprenticeship you will automatically be invited in for a full-time course interview.

Do I need to be employed to start my apprenticeship?

Yes, and in a job linked to the apprenticeship. If you are already in employment or have an employer lined up, we will contact them directly. If you do not have an employer in place, START can help you find an employer.We have a number of employers who work with us to recruit apprentices. In addition to this we will expect you to produce a CV and make contact with employers.

How many hours must I work?

You must work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

How much will I be paid?

Your employer must pay you at least £3.40 per hour. As your skills improve wages tend to rise and most apprentices earn £150 a week or more. You will also increase your long term earning potential; studies show Apprentices earn on average £100,000 more than other employees over the course of their career (

What level will my apprenticeship be?

Most apprenticeships start at Level 2 and rise to Level 3. Progression to Level 4 is available. This is awarded on completion and is discussed with your assessor toward the end of Level 2.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

At least 12 months to complete a Level 2, and at least 18 months to complete a Level 3.

Can I do an apprenticeship if I have a degree?

Yes, but you will have to pay for everything as a full cost course.

Do I have to wait until September (the start of the college year) to start my apprenticeship?

No, you can start an apprenticeship at any time as long as you are employed.

How often will I come to college?

Most of our apprenticeships are work-based and some require you to attend a day release. In most areas you will need to attend college for 6 days per year for each functional skill area taught (exceptions sport/beauty). Further details will be provided at your interview.

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