Apprenticeships - Apprentice information

Information for Apprentices

There are lots of benefits of doing an Apprenticeship. Doing an Apprenticeship means you can earn while learning in a way that best suits you – learning through hands-on experience on the job.


Do you want to carry on learning but uni or further education just isn't right for you? Want to start earning some money? An Apprenticeship may be just what you need!

Because as an apprentice you will get stuck into the job of your choice but learn new skills along the way. And what’s more on average an apprentice takes home £170 per week


About Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship is a scheme that lets you learn on the job. You’ll learn, first hand, the skills you need to progress in your chosen career while supporting your training with classroom modules.

Contrary to what you may think, learners of any age can become apprentices so now might be the time to make a career move into something you really love. And you won't be alone, last year there were half a million apprentices working in England.


The Facts

  • Apprentices earn on average over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime then other employees
  • Last year there were 685,000 apprentices in England
  • more than 85,000 employers offer Apprenticeships
  • All your training will be paid for and you will earn a wage - average around £170 per week 
  • Apprenticeships typically come in 2 levels and can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on the Apprenticeship.
  • There are 12 Apprenticeships in the land-based and environmental sector - from animals to the environment and farming to sports turf
  • National Apprenticeship service has a hotline - 08000 150 600 and an excellent website at



We love all things to do with animals, the environment and the land. In fact. we work with 12 different Apprenticeships.To find out if one of these Apprenticeships is your perfect match, click your interests below.



The training part of the Apprenticeship is funded. The amount is dependent on age; 16 to 19-year-olds receive full funding. Older apprentices receive part funding but the employers contribution can be in kind – for instance providing an on-site training environment. You will need to pay your apprentice a wage - minimum wage laws apply.

Boost your business with an agricultural/horticultural apprentice

Activate Enterprise in partnership with Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) is now recruiting for our January intake of work-based apprentices. Our subject areas include agricultural, horticultural and animal care apprenticeships.

It’s not just our expertise and success in apprenticeship delivery that sets us apart. It’s the whole range of benefits that we offer:

  • A full consultation focused on your business needs
  • A free recruitment service
  • Access to Smart Assessor e-portfolio allowing you to track progress online
  • Insights Discovery personality profiling for your apprentice
  • A dedicated desk based Business Co-ordinator for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Advice on government grants for apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, and there is also funding to re-train or upskill existing staff.  To see how easy it is to employ an apprentice, contact us today.