What is an apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships are designed to be an opportunity for individuals to combine practical training in a job with study. 

As an apprentice you’ll be:

  • Based in a workplace so that you can train to gain the skills in the occupation or service area of your choice.
  • Offered an apprenticeship agreement, which means you will learn and gain a qualification at a specific level over a given time.
  • Earning a wage and get holiday pay.


Myth buster: Apprenticeships are not meant to be an opportunity to employ somebody cheaply. An apprenticeship is a genuine opportunity for somebody to join the council to gain skills, knowledge and experience and achieve a qualification to help their employability for the future.

The benefits of you becoming an apprentice for the council are:

  • It Introduces new talent and gives the council fresh new ideas on how to become the organisation that future generations need, some of you may stay and grow if opportunities are available to help develop services.
  • Addresses skills shortages within services, through workplace learning making an apprentice a valuable asset to any team.
  • Apprentices tend to be flexible, motivated, eager and loyal to their employers.
  • Unlocking talent within our local community means we can utilise this talent to assist in the regeneration of the Isle of Wight by retaining skilled people.


What apprentices can earn

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every year in April.


25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18


April 2018











Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they're either:

  • aged under 19.
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. 


Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship


Example 1: An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.70.

Example 2: An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.38.