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 £4.15 per hour. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be found at GOV.UK.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Developed by employers for employers, higher and degree apprenticeships enable businesses to train more of their employees in the high-level industry specific skills that are critical for growth in the UK and internationally.

Higher and degree apprenticeships include a range of qualifications at a range of levels from the equivalent of a foundation degree to a bachelor’s degree and even master’s degree level in some sectors. These types of apprenticeships are widening access to the professions and allowing young people and adults to earn while they learn at the highest level and progress into higher skilled occupations.

To learn more about how we can help you with both Higher & Degree apprenticeships, talk to our apprenticeships team today by calling 01271 852419 or email us at



Do you have further questions about becoming an apprentice?

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