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Since it became compulsory for students to stay in education or training until they are 18, apprenticeships have become a very desirable option for many students.  Apprenticeships open up many pathways for further education at post-18, including university and college.  They are also very popular in business, with employers recognising and valuing the opportunity to train and shape students in a way that works best for them, whilst upskilling the individual.


More than just a qualification:

Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and gain a qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.  Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.  All apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.

The opportunity to earn:

All apprentices aged under 19 must receive the appropriate national minimum wage of £4.81 per hour. 

A job

Apprentices are expected to work for at least 30 hours per week.  Currently there are over 150,000 employers offering apprenticeships.  Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.

The future:

After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer. A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing and, of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job. Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.

What to expect:

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will:

• work alongside experienced staff

• gain job-specific skills

• earn a wage and receive holiday pay

• study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

• Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.


Levels of Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels, see below for details




Equivalent Educational Level



5 GCSE passes at grades 4-9



2 A level passes


4, 5, 6 and 7

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree


Here are some useful links for further information about apprenticeships:

 GOV Apprenticeships Guide

For apprenticeship vacancies see .GOV Apprenticeships

Not going to Uni? Visit the Not Going to Uni website

For more information see UCAS Apprenticeships in England invites parents and students to their next FREE virtual careers event on Tuesday 21st February 2023.

This information-packed virtual event is perfect for students in years 10-13 who are considering their options and want to learn more about apprenticeships and options outside of university.

Please use the following link to take you to information about Appprenticeships.

RateMyApprenticeship Careers Event

TGW Apprenticeship Open Evening

TGW are re holding two open evenings here at our training centre in Market Harborough to promote our apprenticeships. I think this will provide a unique insight into the world of engineering/logistics here at TGW.  Those who visit will hear about our exciting opportunities for 2023, have a live demonstration of our fully operational conveyor system, meet some of our apprentices and have the chance to ask them questions. We will also have our training team, apprenticeship sponsors, mentors and talent acquisition team all available to answer questions on the night. For more information, see below:


The Open Evenings are 16:45pm to 19:30pm. The events are drop in events, but we will be running presentations and demonstrations at set times.  These will commence at 17:00 and 18:00.


Our training centre is located at:

Unit 5 
Welland Industrial Estate 
Valley Way
Market Harborough 

LE16 7PS

Please note: There is a limited amount of parking, on-site. If the car park is full at the Training Centre, there is parking available at the main office. This is approximately a 5-minute walk away from the Training Centre.


Should you wish to contact us about this event then please contact one of the following:

Rebecca Davis

Talent Acquisition Business Partner

Brian Hendry

Head of Controls Service & Technical Training

Mobile:  +44 7584865243


Mobile:  +44 7855 285 370