Start an Apprenticeship

What is an Apprenticeship?

If you want a great start to your career, an apprenticeship could be the answer. They are a fantastic alternative to traditional sixth form and college routes, meaning you’ll be working and earning a wage while getting qualified.

It's a real job

Apprentices are treated just like a regular employee of the company with a contract of employment, salary and employee benefits such as holiday and sick leave.


Earn a salary

The minimum wage for an apprentice under 19 is £3.90 per hour. However, many employers pay more and the average weekly wage is £200. Those who are 19 after completing the first year of an apprenticeship must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.

Gain a nationally recognised qualification

After completing an apprenticeship, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification in your chosen industry. An apprenticeship can help you to progress into full-time employment, higher education or further study.

There's no age limit

Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to become an apprentice. Whether you are employed, unemployed or leaving school, there is no age limit. There are no formal qualifications needed to do an apprenticeship. However, some employers may ask for GCSEs or other qualifications.

At Crawley College you can study apprenticeships at three different levels:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 2 vocational qualifications
  • Advanced Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 3 vocational qualifications
  • Higher Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 4 vocational qualifications

The level you study at will depend on your existing qualifications and experience.

For further information please contact us on 01293 442333 or email apprenticeships@crawley.ac.uk

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