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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a great way to learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time.

An apprentice will spend most of their time in the workplace gaining job-specific skills, but will also be supported by a specialist learning provider to build up knowledge and qualifications.

Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete and the length of your apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry you’re training in and the skills you already have.  You must be 16 or over to start an apprenticeship.

There are over 250 types of apprenticeships in a variety of sectors ranging from accountancy and engineering to veterinary nursing and floristry.  This link will show you the various areas of opportunity:


Intermediate Apprenticeships

This is the first level of apprenticeship; a Level 2 qualification – equivalent to five good GCSE passes.   They are designed to equip apprentices with the skills to thrive in the world of employment.  

Advanced Apprenticeships

This is a step above Intermediate Apprenticeship, and designed for more challenging roles and developing advanced skills at a Level 3 qualification – equivalent to two A-level passes.  It’s a chance to access great training, develop skills and gain qualifications whilst working for an employer.

Higher Apprenticeships

After A-levels there are plenty of options; two of which are Further Education College or Higher Apprenticeships. These are the equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree Level 4.

Degree Apprenticeships

They offer the highest academic attainment – Degree Apprentices split their time between university study and the workplace and be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelor’s or master’s degree while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.


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