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 answers to the most frequently asked apprenticeship questions below.

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a full time study programme?

Unlike a study programme, which focuses on developing your knowledge and abilities in College full time, an apprenticeship provides you with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge through on-the-job training in the workplace, as well as classroom or workshop based learning at Boston College, all while earning a wage.

If you join us straight from school you may not be fully ready to enter straight into work. Apprenticeships are ideal for those who are ready to enter the world of work.

However, if you still like the idea of studying an apprenticeships, full time study programme may help prepare you. Visit our 'Study Programmes' page for more information.

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 £3.90 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 support you and your employer throughout the apprenticeship journey.

The role of an Apprenticeship Coordinator is to make sure everyone is fully prepared, knows and understands the expectations required. They will carry out regular reviews with both the apprentice and the employer to ensure everything is progressing well and to sort any issues or concerns that may arise.

The Coordinator will ensure that you, the apprentice, has a valuable and meaningful experience in the workplace, leading to successful completion. As well as working with your employer to ensure, that the apprenticeship training is having a positive impact on the organisation and that their current and future workplaces needs are being met.

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

Once you have decided which apprenticeship you'd like to study and which career you like to progress in, you will then need to find a suitable apprenticeship job role with this industry (ideally for a minimum of 30 hours per week) 

You can view Boston College's current apprenticeship vacancies by clicking the 'Apprenticeship Vacancies' link at the top left hand side of this page. The Boston College Apprenticeship Team is also on hand to help match you to employers, as well as providing information on the training and qualifications available. Local vacancies are also advertised on the 'Find an Apprenticeship' website.

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

For more information on finding a suitable apprenticeship job role, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01205 313238 or email 

Definitely - if your employer agrees you can become an apprentice in your current workplace, and base your training around your current job role. 

You need to have an employment contract for a minimum of 30 hours per week. However, terms are becoming more flexible, and if you do work less than 30 hours per week, you can still be considered for an apprenticeship

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


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