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.

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