The keys to being the apprentice

Some of the winners at last year's awards

Some of the winners at last year's awards

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Apprenticeships are offered by employers who provide training and pay people to work while they learn.

Anyone over 16 living in England and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice. Some apprenticeships are now available to those studying for a degree.

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage – £2.68 an hour for under 19s and first year apprentices, £5.03 for 19 and 20 year-olds and £6.31 for those aged 21 and over.

All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances.

More than 150,000 employers are offering apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations.

8 March 2016 .......       Environment Agency flood recovery team members by the new flood defences along the river in Dock Street. Kate Bullock, project co-ordinator for Leeds City Council, Anthony Myatt, project advisor for the Enviroment Agency and Andy Vipas BMMJV city centre project manager. Picture Tony Johnson

Work on Leeds flood defence masterplan part two could start next summer