Am I eligible to do an apprenticeship?

There are no set entry requirements for apprenticeships – they are open to anyone over the age of 16 as long as they are living in England, and not currently in full-time education.

If you have a degree, you can still do an apprenticeship but you will not be eligible for funding – your employer will have to pay your training costs.

The exact entry requirements for apprenticeships will vary based on the employer; however, not everything rides on your academic achievements alone. Employers will value your enthusiasm and desire to learn, so practical skills and interest in your chosen area are very important.

In order to apply, you should be:

  • Committed
  • Responsible
  • Prepared for further study
  • Happy to work both individually and as part of a team
  • Able to use your own initiative
  • Able to show you’ve researched the area of work you want to do, and that you’re the right person for the job.

Apprenticeships can be demanding, but very rewarding. It’s not just a question of seeing what’s out there and then selecting your career path. It helps if you’re focused enough to know what you want to do before you apply.