Becoming an Apprentice

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship gives you hands-on experience, a salary and the opportunity to train while you work. All of this with some high quality, prestigious companies in loads of different industries.

 An apprenticeship is a real job. It’s a way to:

  • earn a wage and learn at the same time, with at least 20% of your time set aside for learning – normally at a college, university or other training provider.
  • gain official certification of your skills, equivalent to a qualification ranging from level 2 (GCSE equivalent) up to degree level.
  • start a long-term career path with the possibility of higher earnings.

By successfully completing your apprenticeship, you'll have gained the confidence and skills needed to progress in your chosen career, indeed, more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and organisations, from local Devon businesses to large national brands. 

Who are Apprenticeships for?

Many apprentices are school leavers and young people, but there is no upper age limit. If you’re over 16, living in England and not in full time education then an apprenticeship could be perfect for you.

Apprenticeships are available across a huge range of industries, whether it’s law, engineering, nursing or design. The levels of apprenticeship on offer range from level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) right up to higher and degree apprenticeships – there’s bound to be one that’s right for you.

How much will an apprenticeship cost me or my parents?

An apprenticeship will cost you nothing. That’s because it is paid for by the government and your employer.

However, you must provide the time and effort needed to make a success of the opportunity.

What commitment is needed from me?

You’ll commit to participating in all necessary training over one to four years depending on your chosen job role. You’ll also commit to forging a solid relationship with your employer and Petroc, and completing all necessary college work.

Importantly, you’ll spend 20% of your time in ‘off-the-job’ training which will be paid and may include time spent learning at college.

What can I earn?

The national minimum wage (NMW) for apprentices is £3.90 per hour as from April 2019. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Apprentices aged 25 and over, and not in the first year of their apprenticeship, will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18
April 2019 £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35

This is the legal minimum pay per hour; most receive more. The Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2016 estimated the average gross hourly pay received by apprentices in Great Britain was £6.70 an hour for level 2 and 3 apprentices which is equivalent to nearly £14,000 per year. More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be found on GOV.UK and search ‘apprenticeships’.

How will Petroc support me?

Petroc has a key role to play in providing off-the-job training, assessing your progress towards achieving your qualifications and supporting you generally during your apprenticeship. They work very closely with your employer to ensure that you receive:

  • an induction programme on starting.
  • a detailed training plan (including on-the-job training).
  • regular progress reviews.
  • opportunities to put into practice off-the-job learning so that you can achieve your qualifications/requirements of the apprenticeship.
  • mentoring and general support throughout your apprenticeship.

This will all be documented in a commitment statement that is part of the Apprenticeship Agreement - an individual learning plan that Petroc, your employer and you will all sign up to.


Do you have further questions about becoming an apprentice?

Call us on 01271 852422; we'd be happy to help.
Apprenticeship Video
Apprenticeship Video