Earn while you learn apprenticeships

Entering an apprenticeship programme is a great way to earn while you learn and means you can put your skills, knowledge and experience into practice straightaway.

We’ll support you to not only achieve the Apprenticeship Standards, but to gain the full QCF diploma qualification.

Did you know that 85% of apprentices stay in full time employment after they achieve their qualification, with 64% of the 85% remaining with the same employer?

An adult apprentice at work

What is an apprenticeship and how does it work?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. You’ll gain valuable work experience and earn as you learn on the job.

We make sure that all our apprentices help shape what they learn within their apprenticeship to help them progress towards their long-term career goals.

You’ll be allocated a Teaching and Learning Coach, who is a specialist in the field. They’ll support you on a one-to-one basis, with additional online tutorial support.

Young apprentices

How long is an apprenticeship?

Your apprenticeship will last between 12 and 18 months, depending on your contracted working hours.

You will have an Information, Advice and Guidance session with your Teaching and Learning Coach before enrolling onto the apprenticeship. Within this session you and your Teaching and Learning Coach will both agree an end date for your apprenticeship. Many circumstances are taken into consideration before agreeing the end date of your apprenticeship. 

Apprentice earning while they learn

Earn while you learn on an apprenticeship

You’ll earn while you learn, which includes 20% paid on-the-job training during your contracted hours. 

The apprenticeship wage is currently £4.81 per hour for all apprentices in their first year. Apprentices aged 19 and over who have completed year one will be entitled to the minimum wage for their age.

Year23 and over21 to 2218 to 20Under 18Apprentice
April 2021£8.91£8.36£6.56£4.62£4.30
Source: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
Young apprentice enjoying the course and his job

How old do you have to be to do an apprenticeship?

You’ll need to be 16 years or older after the last Friday in June of the academic year.

There is no upper limit – you can do an apprenticeship at any age.

Apprentice on course

What are the entry criteria for an apprenticeship with Training Now?

You’ll need to:

  • have the right to work in the UK.
  • be 16 years or older after the last Friday in June of the academic year.
  • not be enrolled on another apprenticeship, or another funded FE/HE programme at the same time as the apprenticeship.
  • have a contract of employment with your employer and be paid at least the apprenticeship wage in your first year.

What people say about Training Now apprenticeships

“Achieving this qualification is really great for Samantha and will help enormously with furthering her career, it’s also brilliant for the service we provide to our residents.”

Deputy care home manager, talking about Samantha who achieved her adult care worker level 2 apprenticeship with Training Now

‘My manager is very supportive and makes sure I have my 20% time on the job to complete my work. My assessor Francesca is very proactive when marking her work and gives good constructive feedback. I want to go on to do my level 4.’

Abby, studying for her level 3 apprenticeship in business administration