Apprenticeships for Individuals

Apprenticeships in a wide range of industries for anyone aged 16+.

Change your future with an Ixion Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship allows you to earn and learn which means you get new skills, qualifications, and get paid at the same time. They are a great option to start or change careers, or to upskill if you’re already in employment – and are available in a wide range of subjects from marketing, to construction to health and social care.

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Why choose an Ixion apprenticeship?

Earn while you learn, apprenticeships are paid the minimum of the National Apprenticeship Wage

It’s a job with a contract that entitles you to paid leave.

High-quality practical training – learn from the people around you that are experts in their field.

As you learn, you’ll gain confidence and independence and gain respect from your colleagues.

A varied work and learning experience combines on-the-job and off-the-job training.

A great choice for school leavers, career changers and for those returning to work

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are for anyone aged 16+ and cover a wide range of sectors and subjects, from digital media and marketing to construction to education.

Apprenticeships are training programmes lasting between 12 and 30 months providing you with practical, on-the-job experience and qualifications.

As an apprentice, you will:

  • Work with experienced staff.
  • Learn job-specific skills.
  • Study during your working week. 
  • Undertake 20% formal off-the-job training.
  • Be provided with the opportunity to practice new skills in a real work environment.

An apprenticeship is a real job, so you will also receive a contract from your employer that includes holiday and sick leave, and you will be paid like any other job. You are guaranteed the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage.

  • Aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain job-specific skills and knowledge.
  • Apprentices can be new or current employees.
  • Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage.

As an apprentice, you’ll get:

  • Paid and be entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
  • Time for training or study as part of your apprenticeship.
  • Holiday pay and other employee rights.

Apprentice pay and the National Minimum Wage

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.

  • Aged 16 to 18: The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.
  • Aged 19 or over and in your first year: The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.
  • Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year: You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

Your employment contract should confirm your rate of pay.

As with any formal qualification, there are stages to your apprenticeship journey which we have outlined below:

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) – Prior to deciding which Apprenticeship pathway to pursue comprehensive IAG is available to you, your  parents/guardians and employers.

Initial Assessment – You will complete a comprehensive initial and diagnostic assessment to help ensure you receive relevant and individualised support throughout your Apprenticeship journey.

Induction – Every apprentice receives a full induction into all areas of their Apprenticeship to their employer, us as your training provider, your qualification and off-the-job training.

Function Skills – English, maths and ICT – All Apprenticeship Standards require Functional Skills (FS) maths and English to be completed, this is subject to any previously completed qualifications GCSE/A Levels/Key Skills.

Progress Reviews and Visits – Meetings will take place with you, your employer and teaching assessor throughout the course of your apprenticeship to provide key information, advice and guidance.

Gateway – The Gateway is the end of the training period; all mandatory aspects of the Apprenticeship are complete and the employer confirms that the apprentice is occupationally competent and ready to be put forward to complete the End-Point Assessment (EPA).

End Point Assessment – Every apprentice working towards a new Apprenticeship Standard will undertake an End-Point Assessment to complete their qualification. The EPA is designed to test whether an apprentice has gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Apprenticeship standard.

You can download a more detailed learner journey on the link below.

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of apprentices who had never worked before moved into paid work

Source: Learners and Apprentices survey 2018

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of learners who completed their apprenticeship secured a job or moved into further learning

Source: Learners and Apprentices survey 2018

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Source: Apprenticeship Statistics Feb 2019

Careers and Employability

We have apprenticeships available to support careers and employability practitioners in a number of educational settings from schools to colleges and universities, or for those looking to help break down barriers for those furthest from the job market. Make a difference in someone’s life by assisting them to succeed.


Build your career in construction with formal qualifications and training that build up your skills and knowledge. We deliver apprenticeships from level 2 to 6 that will provide you with insider knowledge – and be a part of a team in one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.

Customer Service

Learn how to provide great customer service that will see customers returning and get you noticed by your manager!  A career in customer services means being able to use multiple platforms to interact with customers via the phone, email, chat, social media – or in person.

Digital Media and Marketing

Do you understand and know how to use and choose the best channels, platforms and strategies for digital marketing success? Stand out in your organisation with the practical skills and knowledge that will enable you to take a campaign that one-step further.


Apprenticeships provide an alternative pathway into roles within education, that include moving into a new career, turning your volunteering into formal, paid training or getting qualified in your chosen occupation.

Food Industry

The food and manufacturing industry is responsible for creating thousands of new products each year. With many opportunities to progress and specialise, gain formal qualifications to start your career or support your progression.

Health and Social Care

If you’re able to put others needs before your own, care about the independence and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our society an apprenticeship will ensure you’re knowledgeable in your role – whether you’re new to the sector or looking to upskill – and will enable you to progress in your frontline career.


Be part of a pivotal team in an organisation and bring new technology to life – in-house or remotely. In an ever-evolving industry, an apprenticeship will provide you with practical and theoretical knowledge to ensure you’re at the top of your field.


Retail is changing, and our apprenticeships will provide you with skills to progress whatever your level and whatever your role – whether it’s customer service, marketing, warehousing or management.

Not ready for an apprenticeship? If you’re 16-24 you can also start your career with a traineeship.

These are pre-apprenticeship courses that can lead to a full apprenticeship or employment, lasting from 6-12 weeks.

Your questions answered

Apprenticeships are a great route into a career- especially if you have just finished full time education, recently left school or need valuable work experience. Apprenticeships aren’t just for young individuals and can all be undertaken by an existing workforce.

The length of time to complete varies and is affected by the qualification you want, the industry sector that you are working within and your current level of skills. An apprenticeship is completed within 1-4 years, with an average completion of 12-18 months.

All apprenticeships are employed and have a contract of employment. Wage rates are at the discretion of your employer with a minimum an hour for those aged under 19 and those who are 19 and over within the first year of their apprenticeship. From then on you will earn at least the national minimum wage. Ideally a wage should reflect job complexity and experience.

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Years 25+

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18







You must be aged 16 or higher

You must have residence within England and not be in full time education
You must have 5 A*-C GCSE’s including English and Maths. If you haven’t attained the required GCSE’s grades in Maths and English then you will be required to take a maths and literacy test.

There are currently a number of levels of apprenticeships on offer within a variety of industry sectors. These are: intermediate apprenticeship (level 2), advanced apprenticeship (level 3), higher apprenticeship (level 4 and above).

Your apprenticeship will be funded by your employer who might be eligible for funding from the government. For those aged 16-18 your employer can receive up to 100% of funding. Finally for those aged 19+ your employer will have to fund the course themselves or loans are available.

Yes, if you would like to attend university or take a college course upon completing your apprenticeship then you can.

Statistics show that upon completion of an apprenticeship 85% of apprentices will stay in employment and 64% of apprentices staying with the same employer. However it will be at your employer’s discretion whether you are to be given a full time position at your company’s residence at the end of your course.

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