Frequently Asked Questions - Parents

Please find below a selection of frequently asked questions from other parents and guardians. If you find that your question is not answered below, please do not hesitate to call us on 0161 233 2656 or email:

1) How long does an Apprenticeship take?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies, depending on the existing skills of the young person, the qualification that they are working towards and the sector that they are in. Most Apprenticeships take between one and two years to complete, with some technical professions, e.g. Engineering taking longer.

2) What holidays does an Apprentice get?

Like most other employees, Apprentices who work a five day week will receive up to 28 days paid annual leave per year.

3) How many hours does an Apprentice work?

All Apprentices must work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

4) How much is an Apprentice paid?

The minimum wage for an Apprentice is £3.40 per hour but many employers pay far more. The sector, region, level of Apprenticeship and type of employer will all contribute to the level of wage paid. Some Higher Apprenticeships can pay between £300 and £500 per week.

5) Where will an Apprentice train?

Most Apprentices attend some off-the-job training at one of our training centres or partner colleges. This may be day release or a block of training all together. Some Apprentices will complete all of their training in the workplace.

6) How does an Apprentice progress to a higher level qualification?

The Skills Company offers clear progression pathways to higher level qualifications, in a broad range of trade and professions, including management, accountancy, manufacturing, business and teaching.