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Apprenticeships are an excellent way for motivated people, aged 16 or over, to earn while they learn, and businesses to attract a hardworking skilled workforce.

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Apprenticeship FAQ

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to earn while you learn. Apprentices are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and learn both on the job and at College, where you will gain nationally recognised work-related qualifications.

How old do I need to be?

You must be aged 16 or over.

How do I get an Apprenticeship?

To find an Apprenticeship take a look at our Apprentice Vacancies page.

Alternatively you may want to view the National Apprenticeship Service website or

When do I go to College?

You will usually come into the College for one day per week

How long is an Apprenticeship?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on the job you’re doing, your age and how much experience you have.

How much will I earn?

The minimum Apprenticeship wage set by the government is currently £3.40 per hour, however the majority of employers pay significantly more.

When would I start?

Most Apprenticeships offer staggered start dates throughout the year.

What happens at the end of my Apprenticeship?

On completion you will be awarded an Apprenticeship framework and may find that your employer can offer you a permanent position at your company. After successfully completing your Apprenticeship you can choose to progress on to an ‘Advanced Apprenticeship’ or further study, such as a Higher National qualification at Macclesfield College.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you are under the age of 16, still in education or wanting further information, advice or guidance then please contact our Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002 /
If you are aged 16 and over and ready to apply for an apprenticeship then please contact Maxim Business Training on 01625 410022 or Jane Jones (Apprenticeship Co-ordinator) at