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Become an Apprentice

Become an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn whilst you learn – you are given the opportunity to gain real life work experience with an organisation whilst working alongside experienced staff, gain job specific skills and work towards gaining a qualification.

There are 4 different levels of an apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate – Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grade 9 – 4 (A* – C)
  • Advanced – Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A Level passes / Level 3 Diploma / International Baccalaureate)
  • Higher – Level 4, 5, 6 & 7 (equivalent to a Foundation Degree and above)
  • Degree – Level 6 & 7 (equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree)

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship

The minimum Apprenticeship wage for the first year of an Apprentice is £6.40 per hour (as of April 2024). Upon completion of the first year, this will then go up to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for their age group. However, many employers pay more than this legal minimum.

Apply online through the find an apprenticeship website. A member of our recruitment team will then be in contact to discuss your application in more detail, usually through the completion of an initial telephone interview.

Application Top Tips

1) Read the job description

Make sure you read the job description thoroughly before writing your application, this crucial bit of information tells you exactly what the employer is looking for! Use this information to inform your application to help you stand out form the crowd.

2) Tailor your application to the job you are applying for

This shows that you’ve really thought about your application and taken the time to complete it. Provide examples that evidence the skills that you have and the attributes that you could bring to the role, that meet the employer requirements in the job description.

3) Be realistic

Apprenticeships still require you to have particular skills and some even require you to have some previous experience. Make sure that you can evidence this by including any relevant previous experiences, whether in work, school or through your hobbies, it is all relevant and helps you to sell yourself to employers.

4) Check your application

Spell check your application and get someone to read through to double check the content.

If you have any questions, please contact the CMN team by calling 01326 211382 or emailing

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