Key information

Depending on your apprenticeship, you will either spend one or two days a week at college, or you will complete all of your training in the workplace, with your assessors visiting you to check your progress.

All apprenticeships include qualifications that prove you have knowledge and competency to complete the job, usually in the form of diplomas.

You will also complete English, maths and – in some cases – ICT training if you have not previously achieved a grade C at GCSE.

On an apprenticeship, you will also develop the skills and attributes that employers look for in their employees. This includes teamwork, time management and communication skills.

Apprenticeships last for a minimum of one year but many are two or more years long.

Many of our apprenticeships can start at any point within the year, so it is worth getting in touch as soon as you are interested!


Apprentices must be employed before they can begin the apprenticeship programme. If you have already found an employer in the relevant industry to your apprenticeship, the next step is to apply.

If you need help to find an employer, you should apply for the apprenticeship via one of our partner colleges. Once you have had an interview and been accepted on to the course, we will help you to find an employer.

It is worth taking some time to think about your network of contacts, as many apprentices find an employer through family or friends, by contacting companies directly or after completing work experience.

If you need any advice on finding an employer, get in touch with us


You can always find our current vacancies on this page.


Apprentices are entitled to at least £3.40 pay per hour if they are under 19 or in the first year of the apprenticeship. After that, apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age bracket.

For those who train on an apprentice as part of the career progression, we would expect normal employment terms and conditions to remain unchanged, including salary.


If you are aged 16 to 18 at the start of the apprenticeship, 100% of your tuition will be paid for by the government.

If you are aged 19 or over at the start of the apprenticeship, the government will partially-fund your tuition fees, up to a maximum of 50%.

Activate Apprenticeships operates a reasonable and competitive fees policy to support the remaining contribution towards the cost of the training. It is expected that employers will pay these fees for tuition, not the apprentices themselves.