What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way to earn while you learn.

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice, you’ll work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage & holiday pay and study for a related career qualification. Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Anyone aged 16 or above who has completed education can apply for an apprenticeship. Optimum Skills provide apprenticeships throughout the North of England offering everything from Butchery to Warehousing. Take a look at our full range of apprenticeships and decide which is right for you.

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Key Facts

You earn a real wage as an apprentice

As an apprenticeship is a real job, you earn a real wage! As of April 2021, the apprenticeship minimum wage is £4.30. Some employers pay more than this, and you can earn more money as you develop your skills.

An apprenticeship can last anywhere between 1 - 4 years

Depending on the level of the programme, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector.

Apprenticeships are available from level 2 upwards

No matter what level you start at, you will be able to progress in your career, with levels ranging from 2 to 5. If you feel you need more support before starting an apprenticeship, we have pre-apprenticeship traineeships to get you work-ready.

Apprentices complete 20% off the job training

At least 20% of your working time will involve training and learning. This can take place in the workplace, such as shadowing a colleague, taking part in events or competitions, or visiting wider parts of your business/industry. Some apprenticeships will require one day a week day release, such as Bricklaying, Joinery, and Roofing.

Apprentices must work a minimum of 30 hours per week

This is to ensure that there is enough time during your working day to complete the 20% off the job learning. Unlike College or Sixth Form, you aren’t required to do any learning outside of your working hours!
More questions? take a look at our FAQ’s.