Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you want to know how much an apprentice earns, or what qualifications apprentices get, we have the answers!

How much does an apprentice earn?

The minimum wage an apprentice can be paid is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies if the apprentice is under 19, or in their first year of an Apprenticeship. If the apprentice is 19 or older and has completed their first year, they’ll be paid the national minimum wage for their age. Note that many organisations choose to pay their apprentices more than the minimum rate.

Apprentices are paid for both their time at work, and their time at the College. They also get 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

Who pays the College fees?

The College fees are covered through a combination of Government funding and the employer.

How many hours does an apprentice work each week?

30-40 hours a week, including one day a week training at City College Plymouth.

What qualifications can an apprentice achieve?

Apprenticeships are based on national frameworks and standards, which have been designed by employers to focus on the skills that businesses need. There are several levels of Apprenticeships.

Intermediate Apprenticeship:

  • Level 2 (equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* to C or 9-4)

Advanced Apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 (equivalent to two A levels at grades A to E)

Higher Apprenticeship:

  • Level 4 (equivalent to a Higher National Certificate)
  • Level 5 (equivalent to a Foundation Degree)
  • Level 6 (equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree)
  • Level 7 (equivalent to a Master’s Degree)
How long does an Apprenticeship last for?

It really depends on the level and the framework or standard. All Apprenticeships have a minimum duration of 12 months and one day but some are up to four years depending on the vocational area and level.

What’s the difference between a Traineeship and an Apprenticeship?

A Traineeship (or Pre-Apprenticeship), is unpaid and does not involve a contract of employment. However, we do encourage employers to support trainees by covering their expenses, such as transport and meal costs. A traineeship lasts from six weeks to a maximum of three months. It can help a young person to gain the skills and experience they need to progress to a paid Apprenticeship or other employment.

Can an existing member of staff become an apprentice?

Of course! However, certain criteria applies.

Contact our Business Engagement team on 01752 305026 or e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk to find out more.

Any other questions? Just call us on 01752 305300 or e-mail info@cityplym.ac.uk.