Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Apprenticeships explained

Apprenticeships offer practical training. You will earn a wage while you learn key skills in your chosen career.

Flexible training

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of learning whilst working - you will be employed by a professional company in a real job. You will gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to succeed in your chosen industry. You will also work towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification/skills recognition.

There are many different apprenticeships you can take — not just the traditional routes that you might imagine. An apprenticeship is a valued and recognised qualification for many industries.


Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships can be delivered exclusively at your place of work including visits from one of our assessors.

As an apprentice, you must spend 20% of your time off-the-job to allow for training - this may be at college as day release once a week, consolidated into a block of training or made up by attending specific training days or workshops. This will depend on the apprenticeship programme you follow and how the MET delivers this.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

  • Earn money while you continue to study
  • Gain practical on-the-job training and experience from a skilled workforce
  • Receive a salary and paid holiday
  • Improve your earning potential and your career progression prospects
  • Increase your confidence, independence and understanding of the world of work

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Which apprenticeship is right for me?

If you are over 16 and live in England you can apply for an apprenticeship. The entry requirements and skills needed will depend on the role you apply for and any previous experience you have.

We offer 3 different levels from intermediate to higher. Each one includes on and off-the-job training contributing to your qualification. The MET oversees your apprenticeship, providing an assessor for your work, assignments and contact for the duration of your study. We work with employers to ensure you are paid a fair wage, you are getting the support you need and you gain the qualification you are working towards. We also offer additional support for English and Maths if required.

Level 2IntermediateEquivalent to 5 GCSE passes at Grades 9-4 (A* - C)
Level 3AdvancedEquivalent to 2 A level passes
Level 4-7HigherEquivalent to Foundation degree and higher
Find out more about the types of apprenticeship available

How much do apprentices earn?

An apprenticeship is based on 30 hours a week of work as a minimum, this will include any time off-the-job at college or participating in training (the 20% compulsory training to meet the apprenticeship qualification/standard).

You will agree with your employer the terms of your contract and your salary.

The current apprentice national minimum wage (NMW) is set by the government and is £3.90 per hour for apprentices under 19 and anyone over 19, but in their first year of the apprenticeship. If you are over 19, once you have completed your first year, this rate will change to the minimum wage associated with your age.

We encourage our employers to pay more than the NMW. More information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

You will be paid for the hours you work and spend training (at least 30), a minimum of 20 days holiday plus national bank holidays.

Find out how to apply and see our current vacancies