What is an apprenticeship?

The government is working with employers to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England even further. The reforms to apprenticeships currently underway are designed to focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required for the workforce of the future.

For information relating to reformed apprenticeships, refer to our End Point Assessment page.

An apprenticeship is a way for learners to earn an income while they learn through on-the-job-training and classroom study. Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old, from school leavers to those seeking to start a new career. The minimum apprentice wage is £3.50 an hour, but many employers increase wages as apprentices’ skills develop.

Apprentices will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and receive holiday pay
  • Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take one to four years to complete depending on the industry and the apprentice’s level. For more information about apprenticeships generally, please click here here to be redirected to the Government website.

Our apprenticeship offer

At ABC Awards we offer qualifications which support more than 50 apprenticeships in nine major industries. Our apprenticeships combine on-the-job paid training with classroom study leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

We offer three levels of apprenticeships for both England and Wales frameworks:

  • Intermediate Level (Level 2)
  • Advanced Level (Level 3)
  • Higher Level (Level 4 or higher)

Our apprenticeships combine competence and knowledge qualifications, or a combined qualification, and we can also support you in providing supplementary qualifications in Functional Skills.

We offer qualifications to support apprenticeships in the following sectors:

  • Education and Skills Workforce
  • Engineering, Welding and Manufacturing
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Land-based and Environmental
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Patisserie and Confectionery
  • Retail
  • Youth and Community

If you are an employer get in touch with our team to find out which of the training providers we work with offer the apprenticeship frameworks you are looking for.

If you are a training provider, download our ABC Awards Apprenticeship Guide to find out how we can support you in providing high-quality apprenticeship programmes.

Call us today on 0115 854 1620 to find out more about how we can support you with apprenticeships.