Here’s all the info you need to kick start a dazzling future. If you’re already ready, apply now.
An apprenticeship is an opportunity to combine employment and education by gaining practical experience in a real job while studying for a recognised qualification and earning a competitive salary.
We have loads of great apprenticeship opportunities that cover all sorts of roles across our business, so whether you want to work on a more technical, engineering or business side of our business there’s a scheme for you.
If you’re not sure what kind of Virgin Media apprenticeship is right for you don’t forget you can take our quick quiz to get some guidance on what you’d be most suited to.
Apprentices spend at least 20% of their time studying towards a nationally recognised qualification as part of a structured learning programme. These qualifications include:
Functional skills – GCSE level qualifications in English, Maths and IT
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) – from level 2 (similar to five GCSEs) up to level 5 (comparable to a postgraduate degree)
Technical qualifications – including BTEC, City and Guild Progression Award etc
Academic qualifications – including a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) foundation degree or the equivalent of a full Bachelor’s degree
There are four different levels of apprenticeship:
Intermediate apprenticeships (Level 2) – usually equivalent to five good GCSE passes
Advanced apprenticeships (Level 3)– equivalent to two A-level passes
Higher apprenticeships (Level 4 or 5) – equivalent to the first stages of higher education (e.g. foundation degree)
Degree apprenticeships (Level 6 or 7) – comparable to a Bachelor’s or Masters degree
Apprentice entry requirements vary according to the type of scheme that you choose
Intermediate apprenticeship: Over 16 years-old, no longer in full-time education and eligible to work in the UK
Advanced apprenticeship: Possible prior work experience and at least three A*-C or 9-4 grade GCSEs or equivalent (e.g. intermediate apprenticeship qualification)
Higher apprenticeships: HNC or first year of a Bachelors, usually at least five A*-C or 9-4 grade GCSEs and some Level 3 qualifications (AS-levels, BTEC National, level 3 NVQ) in relevant subjects.
Degree apprenticeships: Highest level of requirements include three A-levels in a specified grade range or a higher apprenticeship qualification, at least five A*-C or 9-4 GCSE grades, probable prior work experience.
Virgin Media apprentices can expect to be paid a starting salary of between £18,530 and £30,000 a year, and more! Starting salaries depend on the level of the apprenticeship and where it is based (as some roles have London weighting). At Virgin Media though, we also offer performance pay opportunities and many apprentices will see a starting salary increase of between £2,000 and £3,000 within the first year.
Your working hours will generally be decided by your employer but you’ll typically work between 30-40 hours-a-week (usually around 35-37.5hrs/week) but no more.
The length of your apprenticeship depends on several factors including apprenticeship level, chosen sector and your employer’s schemes, but they typically range between:
Intermediate apprenticeships: 1 year – 18 months
Advanced apprenticeships: 2 years
Higher and degree apprenticeships: 3 – 6 years
Apprentices must be over 16 years-old, but there is no upper age limit to beginning a scheme.
At Virgin Media, all of our Apprenticeship Schemes are offered on permanent contracts. And, around 90% of apprentices stay on with us – while others will have gained transferable skills that are welcomed by employers elsewhere.
At Virgin Media we recruit apprentices throughout the year, but typically we recruit many Apprentices to start in September/October each year. The best way to stay informed about opportunities is to Register Your Interest, and then all you need do is wait for us to let you know we have opportunities you might be interested in!