What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships allow you to start work and earn a decent wage while learning new skills and gaining valuable work experience. You will earn and learn gaining nationally recognised qualifications along the way.


Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you have been trained in the skills they need, are work ready, qualified and competent.


Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework. There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on your ability and the employer’s requirements.

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of Employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.

As an employee you will be in employment for the majority of your time as most training takes place on the job. You will attend Richard Huish College for off-the-job training on a day release basis.

More information, to meet the staff and for Employer's Questions.

Apprenticeships are available at Huish in the following subject areas:

FAQ's on Apprenticeships

How to apply

Unlike A Levels and other courses there is no strict deadline in applying for an Apprenticeship. The programme can start at anytime of the year.

What to do next

If you are already employed or have found an employer who is happy to support you through the Apprenticeship Programme, please contact the Business Development Advisors (details below) who will liaise with you and your employer to arrange the start of your Apprenticeship.

If you do not have an employer

We advertise all of our Apprenticeship vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service -

We advertise on this website for employers who are looking to take on an Apprentice and, once registered, you can apply for positions directly online. N.B. Most employers advertising are looking to take on Apprentices ASAP so please check the ‘possible start date’ on the advertisement.

If you would like to find out further information or would like advice on completing the application please contact the Business Development Advisors.

Frequently asked questions for employers

How much will it cost me?

Wage - the average salary for a first-time Apprentice is between £8-10,000 per annum. The minimum they must be paid is £3.30. If an Apprentice is aged 19 or over they must be on National Minimum Wage after 12 months of their programme.

Course Fees - if an Apprentice is aged 16, 17 or 18 at their Apprenticeship start date the course is fully funded, therefore there are no fees to pay.

If an Apprentice is aged 19 or over at their Apprenticeship start date you will be required to pay an employer contribution.

What about Contract of Employment?

If you are taking on a new Apprentice, the Apprentice must have a contract of employment. We advise you to make this a fixed term contract linked to the length of their Apprenticeship programme and we would advise you to have the word ‘Apprentice’ in their job title.

They must work a minimum of 30 hours per week, including the time spent at Richard Huish College.

They should have a named supervisor and if they are under the age of 18 they should not be working alone.

They will generally have the same terms and conditions as other employees within your organisation e.g holiday entitlement, hours of work.

Are there any recruitment costs?

No, Huish will manage the recruitment for you free of charge.

What support will you receive from Richard Huish College?

  • Recruitment and interview process
  • Apprenticeship sign up
  • Monthly visits from Assessor (except AAT)
  • Richard Huish College Teacher/Tutor
  • 12 Weekly review meetings with an Assessor
  • Additional Support from Student Services if required
  • Additional training for weak areas if required i.e spreadsheets
  • Information, Advice and Guidance during the programme.

Contact us

Find out more about an Apprenticeship contact the team on 01823 424603 or email

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