Information for Schools and Parents

The leading academy in London providing the link between learners, employers, parents and schools. The London Academy of Apprenticeships provides a holistic approach to offering support and guidance to organisations and individuals who are interested in Apprenticeships. Specialising in vocational learning, The London Academy of Apprenticeships provides cutting edge delivery, state of the art resources and a dedicated and qualified workforce.


The London Academy of Apprenticeships provides Apprenticeship opportunities to individuals aged 16 and above. We pride ourselves on offering real career opportunities and impartial advice to help people make informed decisions about their future. We run regular information sessions for people to find out more about our offer. Whether already in work or looking for an apprenticeship, The London Academy of Apprenticeships can support young people in developing their career. We also welcome attendance from schools, colleges and individuals at our centre and attend external events to raise awareness of the benefits of Apprenticeships. At a time of rising graduate unemployment and high levels of student debt, apprenticeships provide a real opportunity for young people to learn while they earn.


If you would like to attend an information session or would like London Academy of Apprenticeships to attend an external event please contact us.

The London Academy of Apprenticeships in association with Hawk Training helps employers to recruit apprentices in the following occupational sectors.  

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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace

Do Apprentices get paid?

The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) came into force on 1 October 2010 where all apprentices will be paid a minimum of £2.50 per hour*. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week

The new apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

If the apprentice reaches 19 years-old and has completed the first year of their Apprenticeship their employer must pay them at least the full NMW rate for those aged 18 to 20.

If they are already 19 and have completed the first year of their Apprenticeship they must be paid at least the NMW rate for their age.

* Please note that wage rates for roles within the Agricultural sector may differ from the minimum wage stated above.

Do Apprentices have to pay Tax and National Insurance

As is the case of all employees aged over 16, all apprentices must still pay tax and national insurance on their income.

What are the Advantages of an Apprenticeship

Getting qualified while on the job can also mean:

- you work better and more effectively

- it can set you up to move into new and better jobs

- you get better pay

- you get to experience new and different challenges

- your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster

- you learn at your own pace and get support when you need it

- better job security

- you gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.