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Apprenticeship FAQs

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn skills, gain experience and start your journey to a successful and rewarding career. Find out more about what apprenticeships involve and the support you can get to help you on your way.

General questions

What if I have additional learning needs?

When you meet with your assessor please discuss your learning needs. Your assessor will be able to give you additional support and any resources you may need.

Where can I find out more about my apprenticeship standard?

Online at:

How long will my apprenticeship take to complete?

Between 12-36 months, depending on the level of your qualification.

Will I have to attend college?

Depending on the type of qualification you take, you’ll either attend college or the training provider will visit you at work.

Do I need GCSE English and maths?

If you don’t have a copy of your certificates to show you achieved grade A-C at GCSE, then you will have to take Functional Skills as part of your apprenticeship.

What if I am struggling with the apprenticeship?

You should arrange a meeting with a member of the Clarion Futures Apprenticeship Team, your manager and your assessor to discuss what help you need.

What happens when I am nearing the end of my apprenticeship?

The Clarion Futures Apprenticeship Team will work with you to progress to your next role. This typically will involve securing a permanent role with the organisation where you worked.

Where can I find out information about support with mental health?

Speak to the Clarion Futures Apprenticeship Team or visit:

What happens if I miss a meeting with my training provider?

If you miss an apprenticeship session because you are sick, or for any other reason, then it’s your responsibility to rearrange that meeting when you return to the business.

“In my previous roles, I felt I had no sense of direction, whereas with this apprenticeship, I feel as though the opportunities are endless. This role has given me the confidence to believe in myself and my abilities; it has put the ambition back in my future.” – Abdul Habib, Clarion Futures apprentice

Managing money

How much is the hourly rate and when does it change?

You’ll be entitled to the apprentice rate if you are either:

  • under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of your apprenticeship.

Find out more at:

Is there any help I can get while on apprentice rate?

You could be entitled to help with an income top-up, rent or for things like prescriptions. Check the benefits calculator:

I have children and am worried about childcare costs. What can I do?

Check whether your employer offers childcare vouchers. You may be able to get tax-free childcare where the government pays £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. There is also a childcare element if you’re entitled to tax credits:

I’m worried about the travel expenses. What can I do?

Check if your employer offers a cycle to work scheme where you choose a bike and hire it with the option to buy it later. Some rural areas of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire operate a moped scheme:

Don’t forget about the young persons railcard to get 1/3 off rail fares:

I’m worried about additional work expenses, such as lunches or smart clothing. What can I do?

Money Saving Expert has a lot of information on freebies, cash and rewards, vouchers and most importantly your consumer rights:

I just moved into my own accommodation, but I’m worried about affording the bills. What can I do?

Your priority bills include rent, council tax, gas, electric, water and TV licence. The consequences for not paying these are very serious. You may qualify for help paying your rent and council tax. Check your eligibility here

For the best tariffs for gas and electric bills visit comparison sites:


I’m working so does that mean I’ll need to start paying my debts?

If you have debts, it’s important to get professional advice. You can get free, confidential and impartial debt advice from these charities:

Try to work out your budget with an online budget planner:


I might need to get a loan while on my apprenticeship, what are my chances of being accepted?

Before you do any type of borrowing, work out your budget. This will help you decide if you can afford the repayments.

Also check useful information on the Money Advice Service

Clarion Housing Group also works in partnership with Leeds Credit Union to offer a viable and ethical alternative to high cost credit and personalised savings accounts.


Find out more

Our Clarion Futures Apprenticeship team can help you progress into your next role or secure a permanent job with the organisation where you completed your apprenticeship. Email our team to find out more.

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