A parent's guide to Apprenticeships

Scarborough TEC works in partnership with some of the region’s best known employers to deliver training solutions that help young people understand the importance of the skills they need to succeed in their chosen industry.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son to learn, gain experience and get paid. As an apprentice you’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from Engineering to Administration or Hairdressing to Accountancy.

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

Benefits of doing an Apprenticeship

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities (whether it’s further study or climbing the ranks within the workplace)
  • Increased future earning potential
  • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday

Entry requirements:

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.


The minimum wage for apprentices is £4.30 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. The average gross weekly wage for an apprentice is £200. This is dependent on the sector, region and Apprenticeship level e.g. some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.

More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific Apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on

Applying for an Apprenticeship

At any one time there are up to 20,000 Apprenticeship vacancies available on in a variety of careers and industries across England.

Click on ‘Find an apprenticeship‘ You can search by type, level or keywords.

Once the right job comes up, your son or daughter can simply select which Apprenticeship that they would like and read the vacancy information and then click ‘Apply For Job’ at the bottom of the vacancy, where they can then click the link to apply directly through the .gov website.

Looking for an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are high quality, work based learning programmes comprising of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ), functional skills and, in most cases, a technical certificate.