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Frequently asked questions

How are apprenticeships taught?

Apprenticeships allow for flexible learning alongside your job, with each course being taught differently. Some of our courses require you to attend sessions on campus in either block sessions or on day release, whilst others are 100% distant learning with you undertaking your study online. Your time studying is considered ‘off-the-job’ training, examples of these off-the-job elements include independent study, taught block sessions, workplace mentor meetings, and online learning.

Who can apply for an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to all individuals aged 16 and over, whether you’re a school leaver and starting your first job, or are currently employed and looking to progress your career within your current organisation. There’s no upper age limit to those looking to undertake an apprenticeship, however you must meet the entry requirements as highlighted on the individual course pages.

How much does an apprenticeship cost?

The costs associated with your training are covered by your employer. This means you will not build up any student debt, instead you will earn a salary from your employer, whilst gaining a qualification. You won’t be entitled to any student finance.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship differs from course to course, a typical degree apprenticeship can take anywhere between two and seven years. You can find details of the length of individual courses on each dedicated course page.

How do I become an apprentice?

To apply for an apprenticeship at NTU, you must be employed. You can search for apprenticeship vacancies on the Find an Apprenticeship website, by applying directly to companies who run apprenticeship programmes, and on the apprenticeship vacancies page on the NTU website. Companies will have their own recruitment process and you will be required to meet the entry requirements for your course of interest. Details of these entry requirements can be found on individual course pages.

If you are already in employment and your employer has offered to support you undertaking an apprenticeship, you can apply directly to NTU via our online portal, accessible on each apprenticeship course page.