Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an Apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job, along with study.

An Apprentice will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Be given time for study related to their role

Do I have to find my own employer?

Most Apprenticeships are discovered by the prospective Apprentice approaching companies local to them. If an employer is willing to invest their time and resources in training an Apprentice, they may ask you to complete an unpaid work trial to ensure you possess the desired personal attributes and are suitable for the role.

If you do find an employer who is looking to take you on as an Apprentice, please email the Apprenticeships team at and we can support you with the process.

Is there any support available to find an Apprenticeship?

At East Coast College we have our own designated Apprenticeship team who will speak with local companies to establish any available Apprenticeship opportunities. If we do find an opportunity where the employer doesn’t have a candidate for the position, we will support them to advertise on the ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ government website. We would encourage you to make an account on this impartial national service at

In addition there are two impartial teams that can give advice and support on all things Apprenticeships, which we would also encourage you to contact:

What Apprenticeship levels are available?

NameLevelEquivalent Educational Level
Intermediate25 GCSE passes at grade A*- C or 9 – 4
Advanced32 A level passes/Level 3 Diploma/ International Baccalaureate
Higher4 and 5Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

What is the minimum wage for an Apprentice?

Apprentices earn a wage and get holiday pay. The minimum wage depends on your age, and at what point in your Apprenticeship you are. The national minimum wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £4.15 per hour (increasing to £4.30 in April 2021). The Apprentice NMW applies to Apprentices of all ages in the first year of their Apprenticeship. After the first year, Apprentices will be entitled to the NMW for their age.

Do I have to attend college?

Apprenticeships in the below sectors have mandatory college attendance:

  • Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Welding and Fabrication
  • Management
  • Construction
  • Building Services (Electrical/Plumbing)
  • Hairdressing
  • Catering

If you do not have the required English and/or maths grade, additional attendance for Functional Skills will be mandatory for all Apprenticeships.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

Each Apprenticeship has its own bespoke duration. These range from 15 to 48 months.

I’m aged 19+, can I do an Apprenticeship?

There is no age limit for an Apprentice. We have Apprentices of all ages studying on programmes.