Apprenticeship Information for Parents & Advisors

Over the past two years, apprenticeships have changed considerably. No longer seen as a 'second option', young people of all academic backgrounds are choosing apprenticeships as their next step.

We’ve helped over 5,000 people, all from different backgrounds and at different stages of their career, to up-skill themselves through apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships have long been thought of as a second-option to A-Levels and university. And while that might of been true during the 'tea-making' days, apprenticeships have evolved to instil sophisticated industry skills.

Apprentices can expect a supportive working environment where they’ll get the first-hand experience on exactly what it’s like to do the job.

Common apprenticeship misconceptions, clarified

Not only for school leavers

Apprenticeships train people at all career stages, from school leavers to C-suite.

More than just manual jobs

Nearly every career offers an apprenticeship route, from digital and creative to teaching and law. 

Fairly paid

We only work with employers that provide salaries at least 31% higher than the apprentice National Minimum Wage. 

Credible qualifications

Most apprenticeships include at least one industry-recognised certification that qualifies them in their role. 

Are apprenticeships just for school leavers?

Apprenticeships vary from GCSE to master's level, allowing people to up-skill at any career stage. Doing an apprenticeship doesn’t always mean starting from scratch; our programmes cater to improving in a specific area or learning a new skill - ideal for managers who want to implement a new specialism into their company.

Despite their being misconceptions of age limits, there is no upper age limit to do an apprenticeship - you just must be at least 16 years old and no longer in full-time education to apply.

What you need in order to do an apprenticeship

Entry requirements for apprenticeships will vary, but the bare minimum specifications usually needed to be accepted are:

Depending on the level of apprenticeship, you may also need some qualifications or experience to be eligible. Check out our apprenticeship pages to find out more about each programme.

  • 5000+

    people trained by Arch

  • 2000+

    employers have worked with Arch

  • 97%

    learner satisfaction

  • 95%

    employer satisfaction

Find out the impact apprenticeships have on a young person by hearing from real learners on what their experience was like. 

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Ensuring equal opportunities

We're proud of the ethnicity, social background and gender mix our apprentices are. Young person applying for our roles will be judged solely on merit; we keep our qualification requirements to a minimum and look for passion and commitment, rather than experience, from our candidates.

The team are always happy to go through any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call to find out more about apprenticeships.