Frequently asked Questions

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Apprenticeships? Are you serious?!

Yes, we’re totally serious!

At Workplus, we’ve seen that apprenticeships are the future. It’s redefining work and education. An apprenticeship allows you to earn and learn – you have a job from the start and continue your education up to degree level.

There are various levels of apprenticeships which mean there are ones for every ability and in a variety of sectors.

Do employers get any tax incentives to hire apprentices?

In the UK employers do not have to pay Employer Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (15.05% in 2022/23) for any apprentice aged 16–24 who is earning less than £4,189 per month. 

However, in NI, this applies only to apprentices that are on “an approved UK government apprenticeship standard or framework’. Although public sector bodies may employ, what they term, “apprentices” and register them on the same course as apprentices, they pay the training provider for the course fees and are not eligible to avail of the Class 1 NIC saving.

I don’t know anyone who is an apprentice

Don’t worry, there are around 15,000 of them! Let’s introduce you to some! 

I’ve don’t have great grades, is there an apprenticeship for me?


Apprenticeships start at Level 2 which usually means that you will have 5no. D–G GCSEs or equivalent. However there are some apprenticeships that don’t require any minimum qualifications as you can pick them up during the apprenticeship.

Check out our Apprenticeship Explorer to see all the options.

I’ve got great grades and have already applied to UCAS. I’m assuming this isn’t for me, is it?

It is! 

Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA) means that you can do a degree and have a job. You start on a good starting salary and continue your studies. Our Higher Level apprentices tell us that their friends in full–time education are jealous! You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds and won’t have to worry about getting a part–time job!

Even if you’ve already applied to UCAS for a full–time degree, you should apply to an apprenticeship that interests you.

I’ve heard that apprentices make their friends jealous. Is that true?

Unfortunately, this is a common side–effect of becoming an apprentice. Don’t worry, you can cure them by getting them to apply for an apprenticeship too!

No student fees. You have to be kidding!

We’re not, it’s true. Most apprentices are avoiding paying fees to college or university because Government covers the cost.

There’s no catch.

What’s the split between work and study?

Typically apprentices work 4 days per week and then are with their training provider (college, training organisation or university for 1 day).

That’s the general pattern but some apprenticeships vary slightly, where you might be on your course 1.5 or 2 days per week. 

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