Apprenticeship FAQs

Your Apprenticeship Questions Answered

Interested in applying for a Boston College apprenticeship? Still need some information confirming?

You should find most of the answer to the most frequently asked apprenticeship questions below.

How old do you have to be?

You need to be at least 16 years old when you start your apprenticeship at Boston College.

There's no upper age limit - an adult can train as an apprentice too. 

The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour but employers can, and often do pay more. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage dependent on their age.

You may need up to five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) - including English and Maths. Entry requirements vary between individual apprenticeships - please see individual course information for further details.

The majority of apprenticeships are based in the workplace and include one day a week at Boston College (either at the Boston or Spalding campus), however some are 100% work-based. Please see individual course information for further details.

As an apprentice you will receive support from your employer, your lecturers and assessors at Boston College. You will also have a dedicated Apprenticeship Coordinator who will visit you and your employer in the workplace to support your progress both at college and at work.

As an apprentice it won't cost you anything. However, you may want to buy books and stationery to support your learning.

The Boston College Apprenticeship Team will support you in choosing the right apprenticeship, and can also help you to find a relevant job - they have vacancies waiting!

The College's Careers Team can also help you with CV writing and job applications.

You can also search on 'Find an Apprenticeship' website.

Definitely - if your employer agrees you can become an apprentice in your current workplace. Contact the College's Apprenticeship Team for more information, or your employer can do this directly.

You will be entitled to the same employment terms and conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles, including; paid annual leave, sick pay and company benefits.

It will depend on the individual apprenticeship, however all apprentices have to be in training for a minimum of 12 months and one day.

Need some more advice?

If you would like more information about becoming an apprentice at Boston College, you can contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01205 313238 or email


You can download our course guide