What is the Eligibility Criteria for an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships like other government funded courses and schemes have eligibility criteria.  

An apprenticeship is a great option if you are looking to further your education while working and getting experience. If you are considering an Apprenticeship make sure you read the eligibility criteria as it is very important. 

1. You must be over the age of 16 or school leaver

To start an apprenticeship, you must be 16 years old and a school leaver. Instead of going to college you can do an apprenticeship allowing you to get the same level of education but you workplace experience and get paid. If you are at school, you are able to apply for an Apprenticeship but you can only start if you are 16 and over by the end of the summer holidays.

There is no age limit on Apprenticeships. Whether you are looking to start your career, change careers or up skill in your current job, an apprenticeship is  a great option.

2. You must have been living in England for over 3 years 

To be eligible for an Apprenticeship you must have lived in England for the past consecutive 3 years. Creative Alliance only offer Apprenticeships in England meaning people living in other UK countries won’t be able to start an Apprenticeship with us.

Design Apprenticeship working in their job

3. You can’t be in full-time education 

An Apprenticeship is a full-time job and education in one, so it isn’t possible to be in full-time education at the same time. If you are currently studying at College/University and you want to start an apprenticeship, we would recommend finishing your course.

4. No education crossover

Crossover is when the apprenticeship you would like to do is similar to previous education that you’ve completed at a higher level. For example, if you have completed a digital marketing degree and want to start a Digital Marketing apprenticeship. Another example, is if you have studied Graphic Design at University and you want to do a Junior Content Production apprenticeship. As you will be learning the same subjects at a lower level, the government won’t fund you.

If you really want to do an Apprenticeship after graduating university or completing a higher-level course. You must do an apprenticeship that doesn’t cover the same education as your previous course.

If you want to discuss your options, get in contact and we can support you.
Phone 0121 7530049 (Lines open 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday)

Ready to Apply?

Check out our latest vacancies (Click me)