questions-answers

As a parent you want your child to have the best possible start in their career. There are a variety of different options available for young people when they leave school. Below are some answers to questions that you might have about apprenticeships.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us on 0121 454 2043 and we will be happy to help you.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your son or daughter to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

What qualifications does my child need to get an apprenticeship?

Qualifications needed depend mainly on what sector the Apprenticeship is in and also what level is being taken. But to start on a Level 2 usually no previous qualifications are required and functional skills can be taken alongside the course for Maths and English.

How do I recognise a quality apprenticeship?

To recognise a quality apprenticeship you would need to look at the reputation of the employer as well as looking into the college or private training provider. Colleges and training providers are rated by Ofsted ranging from outstanding to inadequate. Crackerjack Training are graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted!

What are the age restrictions for apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are available for anyone over the age of 16. However, we only receive funding for 16-23 year olds but anyone aged 24 or over can apply for the advanced learner loan to help them pay for their course. If you would like to know more about this please go to our ‘Adults’ tab.

How much would my child be paid for an Apprenticeship?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.40 per hour, but some employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week. More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on ‘Find an apprenticeship’.


Will my child still have holiday entitlement?

Yes, apprentices are given at least 20 days paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.

Will my child have to pay tax and National Insurance?

All apprentices still have to pay both tax and national insurance. Once they earn over £155 a week they must start paying national insurance contributions and once they earn over £11,000 a year they must pay tax.

What if my child is not ready for an apprenticeship?

A traineeship might be suited to someone that is not quite ‘work ready’. A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. It provides essential work presentation training, helps with their English and Maths and gives them work experience that is needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.