An apprenticeship is a real job with training... allowing apprentices to earn while they learn and pick up some recognised qualifications along the way. Apprenticeships are aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 24 or adults aged 25 and over. As an apprentice you'll be employed and will study for a qualification with the full support and commitment of your employer. Apprenticeships involve a mix of classroom learning and practical hands-on experience in various settings. People who have been in a particular industry for a while, but have a new job role, may also be considered for an apprenticeship.

Key benefits of an apprenticeship

  • Earn a salary while you learn,as well as other employeebenefits.
  • Progress your career - Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
  • Achieve sought-after qualifications - apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning, and you can gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
  • Learn job-specific skills - your employer will provide 'on the job' training. You'll work alongside themand learn the ropes from inside the business.
  • Get paid holidays

The industry sectors they cover include:

Art and Design, Business Administration, Accountancy, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Food and Drink, Manufacturing, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, The Motor Industry, Performing Arts, Retail, Science, Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching.

What types of Apprenticeship are there?

There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, where you would work towards Level 2 qualifications and Functional Skills.

2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships, where you would work towards Level 3 qualifications and Functional Skills.

3 - Higher Apprenticeships, give you the opportunity to gain level 4 qualifications and, in some cases, work towards a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices in the UK for 16 to 18 year olds and over 19 year olds in the first year of the Apprenticeship is £2.73 an hour; otherwise over 19s subject to existing minimum wage scales:

  • £6.19 per hour - the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
  • £4.98 per hour - the 18-20 rate
  • Average net pay for an Apprentice last year was £170 per week
Employers can access the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16-24): £1500 per new apprentice if employer has not had apprentice within the last 12 months and has fewer than 1000 employees. Max 10 grants per employer. There is also a wage Incentive of up to £2,275 each for employing a disadvantaged or disabled 18 to 24 year old from the Work Programme for at least 26 weeks.

Wiltshire Apprenticeships Campaign

For further information on Apprenticeships in Wiltshire please visit our website:

If you are a Wiltshire Business interested in hiring an apprentice or would like to find out more please contact Damian Wood on 01225 713217 or email

Video: Apprenticeships explained for businesses


Company Name: Enterprise Wiltshire Limited
Place of registration: England & Wales
Registered number: 4598514
Registered office address: County Hall, Bythesea road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN

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