Apprenticeship FAQs

What is an Apprenticeship?

As an Apprentice you will be employed (have a job) with a company whilst also training in your area of learning (this can be anything from Engineering to Hairdressing). It is a programme during which you will learn "on the job". You will likely spend some time working with your employer and the rest in training with a training provider like HWGTA. As an Apprentice you will be paid by your employer, have holidays and other employee benefits.

How much will I earn as an Apprentice?

Employers by law are to pay at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices. After an apprentice has completed 12 months of training, they are eligible for the National Minimum Wage for all workers within their age group. We recommend you check out the Gov website for the most up to date information regarding wages.

Am I entitled to holidays as an apprentice?

Of course, as with “permanent” employees you will be entitled to holidays depending on your working hours. This is something that will be discussed with you when starting in your new workplace.

Can I do an apprenticeship if I’m already employed?

Absolutely, though it is up to the discretion of your employer as they will be funding your apprenticeship. Speak to them about your interest and hopefully we’ll be reading your application soon!

Can you do two apprenticeships?

With some apprenticeship programmes it is possible to progress onto the next level once you have completed your initial agreed qualification. Your employer will have to agree to this, and your role must support the requirements of the next level of study.

For example, on completion of a Customer Service Apprenticeship Level 2 you are promoted, and your employer agrees you can progress to Customer Service Level 3.

Will I be offered a permanent position with my employer on completion of my apprenticeship?

This is the aim for all of our apprentices, but unfortunately it is down to each individual employer. Just do your best to work hard, be efficient and well-behaved and you will have a bright future ahead of you

What time of the year can I start an apprenticeship?

You can apply for a Commerce apprenticeship (Business Administration Apprenticeship/ Customer Service Apprenticeship) any time of the year, as we are often working on behalf of local employers and helping them to find their next apprentice. As soon as you are successful at interview with an employer, your apprenticeship can commence.  

Accountancy apprenticeships and Engineering apprenticeships are slightly different however, with the programmes being closely tied to the academic year - applications are accepted throughout the year with programmes starting in September.

How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

  • Level 2 Commerce apprenticeships take 13-15 months to complete.
  • Level 3 Commerce apprenticeships take 15-18 months to complete.
  • Level 2 Accountancy apprenticeships take 12-14 months to complete.
  • Level 3 Accountancy apprenticeships take 15 - 18 months to complete.
  • Level 4 Accountancy apprenticeships take 15 - 20 months to complete.

Engineering apprenticeships last 4 years, with the first year taking place within one of the HWGTA training centres.

Can I apply if I already have A Levels and/or a Degree?

Certainly, we accept applicants with a variety of academic backgrounds.

How do I get an apprenticeship?

To apply for an apprenticeship with HWGTA you can visit to fill in our application form. You will be interviewed and assessed by our friendly staff so we can match you with the right type of qualification and employer vacancy for you. Remember, each employer is potentially looking to offer you a job, so make sure to show your best attributes during interview!

For apprenticeship programmes not offered by HWGTA you can visit the National Apprenticeship Service to find vacancies local to you on the Find Apprenticeship Website.

What is the best apprenticeship to get into?

Well, that is up to you! Think about what interests you, what you are good at and what type of job you might like to do now and in the future. The “best” is not always the industry or job that pays the most!

If I have any issues regarding my apprenticeship or employer, who do I speak to first?

HWGTA are always here for support and guidance. On commencing your apprenticeship, you will be assigned a monitoring officer who will visit you in the workplace and be there to aid you through your apprenticeship. They will be your first point of contact should you have any problems or worries.

Do you have to go on residential to complete your apprenticeship?

We encourage all of our apprentices to attend the week, as it can have great benefits and be a real confidence booster.  We do understand if you feel unsettled about going and we can discuss other options.