What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships allow you to combine work with studying for qualifications to help further your career. You can continue your education up to degree level, receive paid for training, earn money and gain skills that employers want. They are for anyone aged 16 or over, including people who have been to university.

Apprenticeships offer many advantages over university including:

  • debt free – you earn while you learn so you can avoid being saddled with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt
  • likely to lead to a career with your employer – you will already have experience of doing the job meaning you have an advantage over university leavers
  • a real alternative - they give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification


How do they work?

To become an apprentice you must be aged 16 or over and not be in full-time education.

Apprentices will earn at least £3.90 an hour – some employers often pay more than this.

All apprenticeships are at least 12 months long and are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level.



Equivalent educational level

Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree


You can choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering and nursing to law, design and gardening.

So, what are you waiting for?

More information on apprenticeships for both employers and individuals is available at www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk or call 0300 666 3 666.