To become an apprentice, you must:

  • be 16 or over
  • not already be in full-time education
  • live in England

You can start an apprenticeship whether you’re starting your career, want a change or you’re upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship. As an apprentice you’ll:

  • learn and train for a specific job
  • get paid and receive holiday leave
  • get hands-on experience in a real job
  • study for at least 20% of your working hours – usually at a college, university or with a training provider
  • complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • be on a career path with lots of future potential

What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.


What are traineeships?

Traineeships are part of the apprenticeship family and fit within a broad range of study programmes. A traineeship runs for a maximum of six months and is designed to help young people who are focussed on getting an apprenticeship or sustainable job to acquire the skills and experience to compete successfully for vacancies.

Traineeships ensure that young people have the work skills, standards of Maths and English and level of work experience they need to start their careers. They provide a pipeline of talented young people with the personal and practical skills and experience required in the labour market.

What is a traineeship made up of?

The programme is comprised of three core elements:

  • Work preparation training that ensures young people have the skills and confidence needed for an apprenticeship or another job.
  • English and maths support, if required, to improve young people’s literacy and numeracy.
  • A work placement to provide a meaningful experience and an insight into the world of work with a guaranteed interview (either for a job vacancy or as an exit from the work placement).

Who can do a traineeship?

As an employer, you must believe that the would-be trainee has a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a traineeship programme.
Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for young people who are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Young people who have been applying unsuccessfully for apprenticeship vacancies due to a lack of skills or experience could be good candidates, and they can be ready for employment or an apprenticeship within six months of engaging in a traineeship.

As traineeship programmes allow providers to work closely with employers and training providers to design flexible, bespoke traineeship packages, PT Elite is able to offer a wealth of choices in terms of qualifications. PT Elite can work with you to create bespoke traineeship packages based on your needs.