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Apprenticeship Information

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a structured training programme that combines job-related instruction with off-the-job training. Apprentices will work and learn under the guidance of experienced Training Speciailsts, earning a wage while gaining the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to perform their role.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships can vary in duration depending on the industry and specific program, but they typically last between one to four years.

The exact durations can be found on each specific apprenticeship page.

Are there age limits for apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are for individuals aged 16 and over. There's no upper age limit, making them a viable option for career changers as well.

Can I undertake an apprenticeship if I already have a degree?

Yes, having a degree doesn't exclude you from starting an apprenticeship. It's an excellent way to change careers or gain practical skills in a specific industry.

Do I need any qualifications to start an apprenticeship?

Entry requirements vary by programme. Some may require certain GCSE grades, while others will be more interested in your commitment and enthusiasm for the industry.

Do I have to pay for any part of the apprenticeship?

No, apprenticeships are fully funded. You will earn a wage and not incur any training costs.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

You can apply for apprenticeships directly through our website via our advertised vacancies. it's similar to a regular job application – you'll need to submit a CV and may have to attend an interview.

See our current live apprenticeship vacancies page for more information.

Can I apply for more than one apprenticeship at a time?

Yes, you can apply for multiple apprenticeships simultaneously, similar to how you'd apply for multiple job positions.

How is the training structured?

Typically, 80% of your training will be on-the-job, while the remaining 20% will be 'off-the-job' training which may be in person or online. The structure can vary based on the programme and employer.

What skills will I develop?

Aside from job-specific skills, apprenticeships often enhance soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. English and maths skills are also developed where required.

What is expected of me as an apprentice?

As an apprentice, you're expected to demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn. Your responsibilities will include following instructions from experienced professionals, participating actively in both on-the-job training and off-the-job training, and adhering to your employer's policies and procedures.

You'll be expected to apply what you learn during your off-the-job training to your job, work well with others in a team environment, and show initiative in your daily tasks. Communication with both your employer and our training company will also be vital, as we all work together to support your development and success in the programme.

For full details on what is expected of an apprentice please see our Apprentice Commitments page.

How will I be assessed during the apprenticeship?

Assessment methods vary by programme but can include practical tasks, written assignments, observations, and knowledge tests.

Will I have to take exams?

You may have to take an exam, it depends on the apprenticeship you are following. All apprenticeships have an End Point Assessment process to go through once you have completed your training. This can take the form of observations, professional discussion, exams, presentation, projects and portfolios.

What qualifications will I receive?

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will receive an industry-recognised qualification which can be a foundation for further training or a stepping stone into a permenant position in the industry.

Can I progress to higher levels of apprenticeships?

Yes, after completing an intermediate (Level 2) or advanced (Level 3) apprenticeship, you can progress to higher or degree-level apprenticeships, depending on your performance and aspirations.

What if I decide the apprenticeship isn’t right for me?

It's important to communicate any concerns with your employer or our training company. We're here to support you, and if necessary, adjustments can be made to improve your experience.


Will Locomotivation find me a job and apprenticeship?

At Locomotivation, we don't directly find you a job or apprenticeship placement. Instead, we offer a platform to advertise apprenticeship vacancies for employers who choose us as their training provider.

Just like any other job application, you'll need to apply for these positions independently. If you're currently employed and wish to pursue an apprenticeship alongside your existing job, the feasibility depends on your experience and skills. Your employer's agreement is also essential. While we can potentially facilitate apprenticeships for those already employed, the primary target audience for apprenticeships are individuals new to their roles.

Our website features the latest apprenticeship vacancies that you can apply for.

If you're interested in pursuing an apprenticeship with your current employer, who has recently hired you, please reach out to us to explore the possibilities further.

How competitive are apprenticeship positions?

The competitiveness varies by the positon, industry and region.

Can I choose where I work?

While you can express preferences for certain employers, placements are determined by available opportunities and the best fit for both apprentice and employer.

Will I get paid during my apprenticeship?

Yes, apprentices earn a wage while they learn. The amount can vary based on your age, the industry, and the region, but you will always be paid at least the minimum wage for apprentices.

What will my working hours be?

Your working hours will vary depending on your employer, but apprentices are typically employed for at least 30 hours a week, including both work and training hours.

What rights do I have as an apprentice?

As an apprentice, you have the same rights as other employees. This includes a contract of employment, working hours, holiday entitlement, and any other benefits offered by the employer.

Is there a probation period?

Some employers have a probation period for new hires, including apprentices. The length and terms will vary by employer.

Can I do an apprenticeship part-time?

While most apprenticeships are full-time, there are some part-time opportunities available. It's best to discuss this directly with potential employers or us.

Will I have a job at the end of my apprenticeship?

Many employers offer apprentices a permenant position upon completion, but it's not guaranteed. Regardless, you'll leave with valuable experience and qualifications that will make you highly employable.


What support will I receive during my apprenticeship?

You'll receive support from both your employer and our dedicated Training Specialists. We offer mentoring, access to resources, and regular meeting to ensure your progress and well-being. We also have an excellent online system that can support apprentices with any neurodiversity needs.

What happens if I face issues or challenges during my apprenticeship?

If you face any challenges, it's crucial to communicate with your employer or us. We're committed to providing support and finding solutions to any issues you may encounter.