What is an Apprenticeship?

If you like practical learning, want to earn a wage and get into the world of work, then an apprenticeship could be the right choice for you.

Apprenticeships are a mix of work, training and skills. You’ll have a job with an employer and be a real member of their team, trained in a specific role.

You’ll also spend time at Gateshead College where you’ll receive up to date training that’s relevant to your job and complete coursework to get you nationally recognised qualifications.

As an apprenticeship you’ll get paid. This varies depending on the position and will be listed with each vacancy.

Apprenticeship FAQs

Learn and earn

The average weekly wage for an apprentice is £170. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level, for example; some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.

The salary will be advertised with the apprenticeship. You’ll also be entitled to a minimum of 20 days holiday, plus 8 statutory days such as Bank Holidays. 

Work-relevant skills

An apprenticeship is a mix of work and training. As an apprentice, you’ll have a job with an employer where you’ll work as a member of their team and be trained to do a specific role by your colleagues or supervisor. When you finish your apprenticeship you’ll have a fantastic set of skills and hands-on work experience to put on your CV. Many apprentices are promoted and go on to successfully climb the career ladder; did you know more than 50% of Nissan’s board of directors were former apprentices?

A recognised qualification

As part of your apprenticeship programme you’ll spend time at Gateshead College where you’ll receive up to date training that is relevant to your job. You’ll come away not only with a fantastic set of skills and work experience but with a nationally recognised qualification that is valued by employers. Usually the qualification you’ll receive will be a technical certificate and an NVQ. There are three different levels of apprenticeship training, if your employer agrees you could progress up to Level 3 Higher Apprenticeship which is the same as a Foundation Degree.