Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. 

Is an Apprenticeship for me?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16+ whether you are just leaving school/6th form/college, have been working for years or are looking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education. 

You do not need to stay at school until you are 18, you can do an Apprenticeship instead.

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How long do they take?

Apprenticeships can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, your current skills and the type of business.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements depend on the level of Apprenticeship and industry sector. For those who have not achieved English or maths grade A-C, the Apprenticeship will include Functional Skills qualifications.


As an apprentice you will need to be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week. There are a small number of circumstances where the apprentices cannot complete the full 30 hours, in these cases employment must be for more than 16 hours per week.

How much will I get paid?

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage. The national minimum wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to all apprentices aged 16 – 18 and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships. Some companies do choose to pay more than the minimum Apprenticeship wage so you could be earning more. 

How is an Apprenticeship delivered?

Training consists of a combination of college classes and on the job tuition. College classes are approximately once a month except engineering which is weekly. You will also have the support of an Assessor who will assess and develop you through workplace visits. 

Training is not tied to the academic year; the programme can start at any time. 

Types of Apprenticeships

There are three levels of Apprenticeships available which you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications: 

Apprenticeship Levels

Finding employment

We can assist you to find employment however we cannot guarantee you a job. You can also find your own employment and still complete your qualification here at The Henley College. 

For further information call 01491 634167 or email

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