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An apprenticeship is a contracted, paid job with training. They are available in a range of different roles and industries. As an apprentice your young person will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday and other entitlements. They will also benefit from ‘off-the-job’ training that develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to perform better in their role. Apprentices create a portfolio of evidence and complete an end point assessment. The apprenticeship route often leads to further progression in employment, to university, or to a higher or degree apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or older, and if your young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), their employer or apprenticeship training provider can access additional funding to make adjustments to support them to complete their apprenticeship.

Length of an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship needs to be at least 12 months, but it’s usually between 15 and 27 months depending on the level.

It is possible to do part-time hours, however the apprenticeship would be spread over a longer time period.


Check the current National Minimum Wage rates. After 12 months, all apprentices must be paid at least national minimum wage for their age.

Find out more about apprenticeships

Use the find an apprenticeship service to search and apply for vacancies online. Use this site to find out which training providers deliver the apprenticeship you're looking for and contact them for vacancies.

Talentview provides more information about apprenticeships in construction.

Approach employers direct and check their websites and social media throughout the year.

If you have other questions, City of York Council’s York Apprenticeship Hub can provide more information and support, including information on upcoming recruitment events. For more information email: [email protected].