The apprenticeship process can sometimes be confusing. Below is a sample of Frequently Asked Questions we get from potential learners.
What are the criteria to do an apprenticeship?
- Must be working in a company with an office address in England
- Spend> 50% of your time working in England
- Must work > 30 hours per week
- Must have the right to work in England
- Must be aged 16 or above (No upper age limit)
- Must not have a higher qualification in the same subject area as the apprenticeship they wish to commence
For school and college leavers applying to start an apprenticeship with one of our employers – the job advert will specify the criteria they are looking for. Most employers we work with are looking for individuals with a minimum of 5 GCSE grades from 9 to 4 (A to C), with at least a 4 in English and Maths.
If you think you would be right for a role but are worried you won’t meet the criteria, you can still get in contact with The Academy to discuss how we can help.
If you are an existing employee looking to start one of our programmes, then the criteria will depend on what your current role is and matching it with the most appropriate development programme. For all programmes, we must determine that a learner has gaps in their knowledge and skill before we can enrol them.
What will I get paid as an apprentice?
The current Apprenticeship Minimum wage (as of April 2023) is £5.28 per hour, which equates to £10,296 per annum (based on a 37.5-hour working week). However the employers we work with pay well over the Apprentice Minimum Wage – on average £13,000 per annum. The salary will be stated on the job advert.
Existing employees starting an apprenticeship will continue to be paid their normal salary.
What happens if I leave my company?
Apprentices must be employed to continue their learning. However, it is easy to transfer the learning from one employer to another (as long as the new employer agrees to do this and pay any applicable fees).
What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?
Upon completion, there are several ways that you can continue to progress in your career. How you progress depends on the programme. Apprenticeships now range from Level 2, all the way up to Level 7. With each level completed, the idea is that you become more occupationally competent and better at your job as a result.
With Accountancy, if you completed your AAT Level 3 with us, you can continue to study with us on our Level 4 AAT programme. Upon completion of your level 4, you can progress to CIMA/ACCA qualifications.
Can I still go to University if I do an apprenticeship?
Yes absolutely! You don’t have to be a college leaver/18-year-old to start at University. This is also the case with apprenticeships. You don’t have to be straight out of school or college to start an apprenticeship programme.