What Is An Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job which allows you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. They are open to anyone over the age of 16, living in England.

Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and are available in 1,500 occupations across 170 industries varying from construction to manufacturing through to IT and the creative and digital sectors.

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour (from 01 April 2017), but many employers pay more than this, especially once you have been with them for a little while.

All Apprenticeships will include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some Apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme.

Benefits Of An Apprenticeship

  • Earn a salary and get benefits and holiday pay
  • Train in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities, in the workplace and in further study
  • Increased future earning potential after you complete your training
  • Learn at your pace with the support of a mentor

Apprenticeship Levels & Equivalent Qualifications

Level Equivalent Qualifications
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at Grade A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A Level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's degree

What We Offer

At SS&L we mainly offer Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships in the following sectors:

We also offer Pre-Apprenticeship preparation with our Traineeship scheme.

You can view Apprenticeship vacancies near the bottom of each page or on the Vacancies page.

Six Reasons To Start An Apprenticeship

  • 01

    Earn a wage

  • 02

    Receive an entitlement to holiday

  • 03

    Receive training at no cost to you

  • 04

    Get a professional qualification

  • 05

    Progress as fast (or faster) than going to university

  • 06

    No debt as you'll avoid university fees