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Apprenticeship FAQs


Can't find what you are looking for on our site? Browse through our most frequently asked questions for more information and help.


question iconWhat is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some nationally recognised qualifications as you go.

Key Benefits:
  • Earning while learning

  • Improving your skills

  • Excellent opportunities to progress within the industry, whenever looking to study or climb the ranks within the workplace

  • Increase your future earning potential by completing the qualifications

  • Support by a mentor will be given to help the individual learn at a pace suited to them


question iconHow do I find out about apprenticeship opportunities?

You can contact us at a centre near you to find our more about the current vacancies we have available or alternatively look at our live vacancies on our Home Page.


question iconWhat types of apprenticeships are there?

Key Training offer two types of apprenticeships you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications.

Intermediate Level 2 and Advanced Level 3

The core components for intermediate and advanced apprenticeships are:

  • A nationally recognised vocational qualification

  • Functional skills, (e.g. Literacy, numeracy and ICT

  • A technical certificate such a BTEC or City & Guilds (relevant to your specific apprenticeship

  • Other professional qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular job.


question iconIf I change employers, do I have to restart my apprenticeship?

No - If you already have started your apprenticeship programme and reached a certain percentage you can continue on the same programme with another employer.


question iconIf I have a degree - can a university graduate do an apprenticeship?

You can do an apprenticeship, but you will not be eligible for funding - Your employer would have to pay your training costs.


question iconWhat are the advantages of an apprenticeship?

  • You will work better and more effectively

  • It will set you up to move into new and better jobs

  • Better salary

  • You experience new and different challenges

  • You improve your skills and knowledge which are is recognised and it helps you gain a quicker qualification

  • Your skills and knowledge can be used across a range of jobs and industries


question iconDo I have to pay National Insurance?

As an apprentice, you will not pay tax and national insurance on your income. If your income is under £9,000 a year, you will not be charged - Unless you have the wrong tax code.


question iconDo I get paid?

All employed apprentices will receive a wage. The current 'apprentice National Minimum wage; is currently £3.50 per hour*. However, Key Training recommends that all employers pay a minimum of £150 per week. - This is higher than the National Minimum Apprenticeship wage.


question iconI've already got a job - Can I still do an apprenticeship?

If you are currently working, you can become an apprentice if your employer agrees.


question iconDo I have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

While you are on an apprenticeship, you won't need to pay anything as your employer pays you a salary and will support you whilst you undertake your training.


question iconHow long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the apprenticeship programme you undertake, it will take up to 12 months to complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship. However, you can complete it by the end of the 12 months agreement. If you would like to undertake a Level 3 or another Level 2 NVQ, you can once you have completed your first Apprenticeship programme.


question iconWhat is a Framework?

A framework is a general plan of what you are going to do and achieve in your chosen apprenticeship programme.


question iconWhat are employment rights as an apprentice?

As an apprentice, you have the same rights as other employees witin your organisation.


question iconDo I choose where to work?

Accepting a job offer from an employer for a apprenticeships role will be your decision. You need to apply for our vacancies and go through the Key Training recruitment process and you will be asked to attend an interview with an employer (you choose the roles you think it would be suitable for you) and if successful, you will be offered a position.


question iconHow do I find out about apprenticeship vacancies?

You can find our vacancies by clicking here - It will direct you to the home screen where you can find out our live vacancies. Alternatively you may call a centre nearest to you and speak to a Recruitment Consultant who will be able to help you through the application process.


question iconWhat is the apprentice National Minimum wage rate?

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage (£3.50 for under 19 and first year apprentices, £5.60 for 19 and 20 year olds and £7.05 for those aged 21 and over).

Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships.