Apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships?


As employees, Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off-the-job, usually on a day-release basis, Apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £3.50 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

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Who are they for?


Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

If you’re not quite ready for an Apprenticeship you can do a 6 week work experience programme called a Traineeship which will give you the skills and experience employers want.

What Apprenticeships are available?

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What are the Entry Requirements?


There may be different entry requirements depending on the Apprenticeship and the industry sector. However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.

What level of apprenticeships are available?


Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships: Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships: Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.
  • Higher Apprenticeships: Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

What elements create an Apprenticeship?

  • A competencies qualification which must be achieved by the apprentice to qualify for an Apprenticeship certificate, and which is the qualification required to demonstrate competence in performing the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates
  • A technical knowledge qualification which is the qualification required to demonstrate achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and knowledge and understanding of the industry and its market relevant to the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates. Sometimes an Apprenticeship framework may have an integrated qualification which combines competence and technical knowledge elements in which each element is separately assessed.
  • Either Key Skills (e.g. working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology) or Functional Skills (e.g. Maths and English) qualifications or a GCSE with enhanced content (e.g. Maths and English).

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Or if you’re not quite ready for an Apprenticeship you can do a 6 week work experience programme called a Traineeship which will give you the skills and experience employers want.

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