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Apprenticeships in Manchester

How to Become an Apprentice: Finding an Appenticeship in Manchester


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you'll:

  • Work alongside experienced staff in the work-place
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
  • Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Pay and conditions for apprentices - Know your Rights

Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage for Apprentices dependent on age: Current Minimum Wage rates at 1st June 2015 are: Aged 21 and over = £6.50, 18-20 = £5.13, under 18 = £3.79, and £2.73 for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

The National Minimum Wage calculator works out the exact amount that an employer has to pay an employee.


Apprentices usually work for at least 30 paid hours a week and must work more than 16 hours per week at a minimum.

Apprentices must be paid for time spent training or studying for a relevant qualification, whether while at work or at a college or training organisation.

Apprentices must be offered the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles. This includes:

  • Paid holidays
  • Sick pay
  • Any benefits you offer, eg childcare voucher schemes
  • Any support you offer, eg coaching or mentoring

Apprentices and redundancy

A company can't usually make an apprentice redundant simply because it can't afford to pay them, eg if the company your're apprenticed to were to run out of work. This is because the company has a contract to train you.

Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you're still at school. To start one, you'll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • Living in Greater Manchester
  • Not in full-time education

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

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