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Apprenticeships allow you to work, gain qualifications and valuable experience, whilst earning a salary.

Key facts about apprenticeships:


  • It usually takes one to two years to complete your apprenticeship programme.  
  • You will earn a wage/salary, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices initially and then the National Minimum Wage after your first year.
  • You will receive free training and gain qualifications relevant to your work.
  • Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university; you can study towards Degree level qualifications with no need for student loans!
  • Some apprenticeships require you to attend college one day a week, others will involve studying at work, or a combination of both.
  • You can start your apprenticeships at any time during the year.
  • All you need is commitment to work and study hard, meet your deadlines, and attend regular meetings with your trainer/assessor.
  • To be an apprentice, 
    • You must be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.
    • You must be aged 16 or over - NB apprenticeships are available for anyone over the age of 16, not just young people!
    • You must be working and have a contract of employment (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • Even if you are already employed, you can start an apprenticeship in your current job

Levels of Apprenticeships:

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship - equates to 5 good GCSE qualifications
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship - equates to 2 ‘A’ Level qualifications
  • Level 4 Apprenticeship - equates to a HNC Level qualification
  • Degree* Apprenticeship - equivalent to a Degree 

Apprenticeships contain the following elements

  • A Competence Element – such as a Certificate or Diploma 
  • A Knowledge Element – attendance at college may be required
  • Functional Skills in English, mathematics and in some cases ICT at the required level – attendance at college may be required
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills

Interested in becoming an apprentice?

  • If you are employed, you need to ask your employer if they will support you with an apprenticeship and ask the employer to get in touch with Wirral Met's Apprenticeships & Business Networks team for advice on Apprenticeship opportunities - call 0151 551 7610.
  • If you are not employed, you can check out the vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Service website or :

View our Current Apprenticeship Vacancies

Need advice or guidance on apprenticeships?

Call our Student Advisers on 0151 551 7777.

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