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Frequently Asked Questions

We’re happy to answer each and every one of your questions to help you get the clearest picture of what life will be like as an apprentice.

This way you can rest-assured that you are picking the route that's right for you and your individual circumstances.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine education and work-based training programmes, designed around the needs of employers. This facilitates the development of practical job specific skills by allowing inexperienced individuals to work alongside more experienced staff.

Apprenticeships allow you to combine work and study by mixing both on-the-job and off-the-job training with workplace learning. By the end of your Apprenticeship, you’ll have developed new knowledge, skills and behaviours that will help you to succeed in your chosen career or progress onto a higher level of study.

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?

• Have a full-time job with a wage

• Fantastic support from our Work Based Tutors

• Gain practical skills and technical knowledge

• Learning through hands on experience

• Excellent progression routes

• An alternative to full time education

• Opportunity to re-skill or up-skill within paid employment

• Improve your English and Maths

• Work alongside experienced staff and train with experts

I have applied online but haven’t heard anything about my application?

Thank you for your application. You should have received an automated email to acknowledge your application.

Our team are currently working remotely and are contacting applicants as quickly as possible. We will call you to discuss your application; if you miss our call don’t worry we will leave a message and try you again.

I’ve applied for an Apprenticeship, when do I start?

A place on an Apprenticeship programme is subject to employment being secured, therefore you can only start an Apprenticeship when you have a job. We interview applicants to ascertain whether they are a suitable candidate for us to put forward for any vacancies we may have, however, we are unable to guarantee employment for every applicant.   We do suggest applicants are also actively contacting employers to secure employment.

If you haven't already, we would recommend that you also apply for a full-time course.  Many include work experience which will help develop your job-ready skills as well as potentially leading to Apprenticeship opportunities.  It's good to have an offer in place. Visit our website to apply www.hopwood.ac.uk

What Apprenticeships do you offer?

You can see our full list of apprenticeship opportunities HERE.

What is the entry criteria for an Apprenticeship?

Typically, we would require you to have achieved a GCSE Grade 3 (D) or above in Maths and English to complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship and GCSE Grade 4 (C) or above in Maths and English to complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

How much will I earn?

If you are under 19 you must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage of £4.15 per hour (increasing to £4.30p/h in April 2021). However, many employers pay more than this.

If you are aged 19+ you can be paid the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage for the first year of your apprenticeship, then you must be paid at least the full National Minimum Wage.

All apprentices are employed, and have a contract of employment. You are counted as a regular employee so get all the benefits such as holiday and sick leave as well.

What qualification will I gain?

During your apprenticeship programme you will work towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard. This is accredited by relevant industry regulatory bodies and will help further you in your chosen career.

Depending on the type of programme you enrol onto you may also have the chance to work towards accredited diplomas and qualifications in Maths and English.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

The duration of an Apprenticeship depends on the course being followed and the ability of the individual apprentice. An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector.

Do I have to come to college?

It depends. Some of our Apprenticeships are delivered on a day-release basis which means you would normally be working 4 days and coming to college 1 day per week.

Others are delivered entirely in the workplace.

How do I apply?

Applying for an Apprenticeship is like applying for a job, so you will have to go through an application process. You can browse our current Apprenticeship vacancies here.

Alternatively, you can register your interest online here which will generate you an interview with a member of the Apprenticeships team.


If suitable, we can then put you forward for any future vacancies which may arise. Please remember we are unfortunately unable to guarantee employment for every applicant.   We do suggest applicants are also actively contacting employers to secure employment.

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