Length of courses and apprenticeships
The length of your apprenticeship will depend on a number of factors, such as the level of the apprenticeship, your chosen sector, employer requirements and your individual ability.
Their length follows a basic framework:
- Intermediate apprenticeships typically last between 12 months to 24 months.
- Advanced apprenticeships are usually studied over 12 months to 18 months.
- Higher and degree apprenticeships take three-to-six years to complete.
Short Courses can be tailored and suited to your needs and childcare arrangements, ranging from 1 Day to 14 Days which you can attend daily or weekly.
Pay rates and working hours
If you’re aged under 19 and an apprentice, or 19 or over and still in your first year as an apprentice, you’ll be entitled to the apprenticeship wage. Apprentices aged 19 or over and who’ve completed their first year will be able to claim the National Minimum Wage.
This pay rate is stated as a guideline – some employers pay you a higher wage. You’ll also be entitled to sick pay, any additional benefits your employer offers to its other employees, such as healthcare plans and childcare vouchers, and at least 20 days of paid holiday per year. Use the GOV.UK Holiday Calculator to work out your exact entitlement.
Working hours vary depending on your employer, but you won’t be able to work more than 40 hours per week or any fewer than 30. Typically, you’ll work between 35 and 37.5 hours per week. The sector you’re entering will determine the nature of your daily working hours – while most apprentices can expect to work a 9am-5.30pm per day with an hour’s break for lunch, those in hospitality or healthcare roles, for instance, should expect to work antisocial shifts.