What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. By the end of an apprenticeship, you will have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

As an apprentice with Bury College you will:

  • learn and train for a specific job
  • get paid and receive holiday leave
  • get hands-on experience
  • Spend a minimum of 6 hours a week off-the-job to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours relevant to your apprenticeship standard.
  • complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • be on a career path with lots of future potential
Matthew Worthington learning with his employer
Childcare apprentice playing with a student

How much will I get paid?

Your wage will depend on your age and what year you are in. You will earn a minimum of £6.40 per hour if you’re either:

  • Aged under 18
  • In the first year of an apprenticeship

If you are an apprentice aged 21 and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you are entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £10.18

Click the link below to go to the Government website for more information.

National Minimum Wage Rates

What level of apprenticeship can I start at?

That will depend on previous qualifications that you might have. To start at level 3, you will need at least one grade 4 GCSE in Maths or English. However employers will set their own entry requirements for the job role and generally will expect both Maths and English at grade 4.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you will gain the equivalent of an A level. Level 2 is the equivalent of a GCSE.

Dental apprentice examining teeth
Childcare apprentice sat next to employer

How will I be assessed?

You will complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship. This could be done in the following ways.

  • Observations
  • Professional/Guided Discussions
  • Questions and Answers
  • Reflective Accounts
  • Work Product Evidence
  • Witness Statements
  • Reviews

The End Point Assessment will be conducted by an official Awarding Body to test if you are competent in your occupation.

How do I get an apprenticeship?

Applying for one of our apprenticeship vacancies could not be simpler. Please click the link below to view all the apprenticeship vacancies we have currently available.

Click here to view our latest vacancies

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