What is an Apprenticeship?

We are proud to offer a broad and diverse choice of Apprenticeships at Henley and there are many that do not require you to have previously studied the subject.  With a very wide range of Apprenticeships available, you will be able to find the right one for you, suited to your own strengths and interests.

Apprenticeships allow young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining nationally recognised qualifications plus valuable workplace skills and experience.

Is an Apprenticeship for me?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16+ whether you are just leaving school/6th form/college, have been working for a number of years or are looking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education. 

You do not need to stay at school until you are 18, you can do an Apprenticeship instead.

How long do they take?

Apprenticeships can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, your current skills and the industry sector.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements depend on the level of Apprenticeship, the industry sector and the employer's requirements.  For those who have not achieved English or maths grade A-C, the Apprenticeship will include Functional Skills qualifications in these subjects.

When can I start an Apprenticeship?

You can start an Apprenticeship at any time during the year.

What hours will I work?

Apprentices must be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week. There are a small number of circumstances where the apprentices cannot complete the full 30 hours, in these cases employment must be for more than 16 hours per week.

How much will I get paid?

Your employer will decide the amount you are paid, however it must be at least the national minimum Apprenticeship wage. 

The national minimum wage for Apprentices is £3.90 per hour. This applies to all apprentices aged 16 – 18 and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships. 

How is an Apprenticeship delivered?

Training consists of a combination of college classes and on the job tuition. College classes are approximately once a month except engineering which is weekly. You will also have the support of an Assessor who will assess and develop you through workplace visits. 

Apprenticeship levels

There are four levels of Apprenticeships available.  The level you start on depends on your prior experience within the industry, not your academic ability.


For further information call 01491 634167 or email apprenticeships@henleycol.ac.uk