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Who can be an Apprentice?

Anyone living in England over the age of 16 and not in full time education can be an apprentice. To start an apprenticeship, you must be employed with a business that covers a range of work required to complete your chosen apprenticeship route. The Employer Partnership Team will liaise with your employer about the range of work. You will have a contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

If you are not currently in relevant employment contact the Employer Partnership team for support and guidance with applications and to find out about our latest vacancies.

How much will I get paid?

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage is set at £4.15 (as of April 2020) and this applies to time working and time spent training as part of the apprenticeship. This wage applies to all apprentices under 19 years of age and apprentices aged 19 or over and in their first year of their apprenticeship. If you are 19 or over and have completed 12 months of your apprenticeship you will be entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage for your age. Some employers pay over the minimum wage.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

Depending on which course you choose, apprenticeships can last between one and five years to complete . You will gain job specific skills within the workplace and may also attend York College for additional learning on day or block release.

How will I be assessed?

Many of our apprenticeships have ‘End Point Assessments’ where you will be assessed on the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the apprenticeship. Your Assessor will only enter you for this when they feel you are ready for it.

If you don’t have GCSE grade 4/C or above in English and Maths (and sometimes ICT) then you will need to take Functional Skills courses in these subjects alongside your apprenticeship If this is required, you will also need to achieve these before you are put forward for the End Point Assessment.

How do I apply?

Our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website at

For the widest range of apprenticeship vacancies (including those delivered by other colleges and training providers) please register on the national find an apprenticeship website. You will be able to search for vacancies on this site by apprenticeship type, level, employer and geographic location and apply directly through the website for vacancies.

Even if you do not have an employer yet please complete an application form stating the apprenticeship programme you are interested in and we can support you with apprenticeship applications and send you updates on apprenticeship vacancies as they arise.

How do Apprenticeship qualifications compare to other courses?

It may be that you need to start at a level below your current highest equivalent education level in order to develop skills and knowledge if you do not already have skills or experience in the apprenticeship area you have chosen.

Entry Criteria

All apprenticeships at York College have entry criteria. You must achieve a certain level of prior learning to be about to join the courses. Entry requirements vary depending on the courses so please check on the apprenticeship section of the York College website.

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