Become an apprentice

Are you thinking about becoming an apprentice or exploring your options?

Apprenticeships in the Security industry offer exciting careers and a range of career progression pathways.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on the job training with class room study.

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.


What can I expect from an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level and your employment will normally be a minimum of 30 hours per week and you’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.


Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.

As an employee you will be in the workplace for most of your time, as most training takes place on-the-job. The rest usually takes place at a training organisation (sometimes referred to as a training provider). Increasingly you will find that your training organisation will be utilising e-learning, e-portfolios and a variety of new technologies to help you to learn in the most fun and efficient way.




Which apprenticeship is right for me?

First you need to decide which apprenticeship is right for you.

Skills for Security has developed a range of apprenticeships for the security industry and each one has a range of career progression pathways.

Take a look at Skills for Security’s career pathways to see which route and job role would be best suited to you.

Alternatively, you can search the Apprenticeship website to gain an insight of the different types of apprenticeships out there.


Finding a vacancy

You may view and apply for current apprenticeship vacancies delivered by Skills for Security or search for vacancies being offered via the National Apprenticeship Service Vacancy website, job websites, local newspapers or training organisations in your area.

The National Careers Service also offers career advice and useful tips on how to write your CV and prepare for interviews.


I found my apprenticeship to be hugely rewarding and as a qualified engineer there is certainly no shortage of options available. I have recently started my own security business and my apprenticeship gave me the solid base I needed to build my career and drive my ambitions

Ben Mitchell

Security Systems Engineer