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How Apprenticeships Work

Apprenticeships can be used to train new and current staff and you employ your apprentices in the same way you do your current staff.

Designed by employers, Apprenticeships are tailored to meet the needs of each specific business sector.

Apprentices gain the practical skills they need to succeed in their industry as well as developing a range of relevant work skills to meet the demands of your business.

An apprenticeship framework consists of three elements, each leading to a qualification:

  • A knowledge-based taught programme that enables Apprentices to develop the knowledge and understanding needed to work in their chosen sector.
  • A competency-based qualification- that is completed through training and assessment in the work place
  • Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths and IT


Each apprenticeship programme has a minimum duration of 12 months from initial sign-up in the workplace through to achievement.

Apprentices must be employed for at least 30 hours per week. In exceptional circumstances where an apprentice cannot complete the full 30 hours, employment must be for more than 16 hours per week and the length of the qualification will increase. 

As the employer you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentices’ wages.

For further information about how First Rung of Apprenticeships can develop your business, please contact Trusha Patel, Lead Employer Development Coordinator on 07399 446 869 or email