An apprenticeship is a paid job, with hand-on experience and the chance to train while you work.Ā  You will be treated just like all other employees with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

  • If you’re over 16 and and not in full time education you can become an apprentice
  • Your apprenticeship can take between 1-6 years to complete depending on what level you choose
  • You will get paid and train with at least 20% of your time spent in off-the-job training, often at college university or with a training provider
  • You train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation
  • You’re on a career path – with lots of future potential for you

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Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2 – equivalent to 5 GCSEs)

  • Entry requirements: usually 2 or more GCSEs (this may vary dependent upon the employer)
  • If you don’t have GCSE English & Maths you are usually required to take these as part of the apprenticeship
  • Qualification: NVQ Level 2, BTEC Diploma or National Certificate
  • Provides a pathway onto advanced and higher apprenticeships
  • more information on intermediate apprenticeships


Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3 – equivalent to 2 A Levels)


Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 – equivalent to a foundation degree or above)

  • Entry requirements: can include at least five GCSEsĀ  (Grades 9 ā€“ 4) on the new including English and Maths, and Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, NVQs, or a BTEC.Ā  Some employers willĀ  expect or require applicants to have studied subjects relevant to the apprenticeship.
  • Can take between 1 – 5 years to complete
  • Qualification: NVQ Level 4, HND or foundation degree
  • Some offer the opportunity to progress to Level 7 (Postgraduate degree level)
  • more information on higher apprenticeships


Degree Apprenticeships (Level 5-7 equivalent up to bachelors or masters degree)

  • Developed by employers, universities and professional bodies working in partnership
  • Combines work with studying part time at university
  • Can take between 1 – 6 years to complete
  • Entry requirements: can include at least 5 GCSEs (Grades 9-4) and Level 3 qualifications including A Levels, NVQ Level 3 or BTEC National
  • Qualification: NVQ Level 5-7, Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree
  • more information on degree apprenticeships


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