What is an apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a paid job. Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and experience with study towards a nationally recognised qualification.
As an apprentice you will:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- be an employee, you'll earn a wage and get holiday pay
- be given time for study related to your role (the equivalent of one day a week)
Who is an apprenticeship for?
Anyone who is employed for at least 30 hours per week in a suitable role. You will need to be doing the tasks within your job role that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your competence.
Apprenticeships are open to all candidates who are aged 16+, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.
There may be entry requirements depending on the type and level of apprenticeship you have chosen, and the industry sector. Competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and your employer.
How long does an apprenticeship take?
Apprenticeships take between one and six years to complete. The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills, levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained, and the industry sector.
Find out what our apprentices have had to say about their apprenticeships.
How much will I get paid?
While you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training.
Most employers pay above the the national minimum hourly rate of pay for apprentices, which is set by the government at £3.90 per hour (from 01 April 2019).
Will I have to attend college?
Attendance at Newbury College will depend on the apprenticeship you are undertaking and the Functional Skills you will need to take, it is usually one day per week. We will clarify this with you at induction.
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
To apply for a specific apprenticeship course, visit the 'courses' page, click on the subject area of your choice, then click on the 'apprenticeship' tab on the right hand side. Click on the 'appy now' button and complete the form. We will try to match your requirement with the vacancies we have with local employers.
Find out more
We regularly hold information sessions at Newbury College about apprenticeships. Visit the News & Events section of our website for details.If you are unable to attend but would like more information on apprenticeships, please contact us, view our apprenticeship brochure or read the GOV.UK's guide to apprenticeships.