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Apprenticeships 2023-01-23T09:44:10+00:00
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Gain a qualification while you learn

Apprenticeships at a glance

  • Combine on-the-job training with classroom learning.
  • Study from intermediate (GCSE equivalent) to degree level.
  • You’ll earn at least the National Minimum Wage while you train
  • Apprenticeships take between one and six years to complete

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a form of employment where you will undertake a real job while studying for a formal qualification. This may be for one day a week at either a college, university or training centre. The aim of this apprenticeship is that at the end of the process you will hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either progress onto the next apprenticeship level or succeed in your chosen career.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and is more common amongst employers in recent years.

Different types of apprenticeships

  • Intermediate: Equivalent to five good GCSE passes
  • Advanced – Equivalent to two A-level passes
  • Higher – Equivalent to a foundation degree
  • Degree – comparable to a Bachelors or Masters degree

Length of apprenticeships

IntermediateAdvancedHigher or degree
Typically one year to 18 monthsUsually 2 yearsUsually take 3 -6 years


Pay will vary depending on employer. However, you will receive the national minimum wage for your age bracket. Have a look at this website for more information:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to be an apprentice?

  • You can apply to undertake an apprenticeship from 16 years old. This is usually done after students have completed their GCSE’s.
  • In order to obtain an apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in the UK.
  • Apprenticeships are for those who are not in full time education.
  • You will need to prove that you have lived in the UK for the past 3 years.
  • Most apprenticeships will require you to take part in some sort of assessment to determine whether you are suitable for the course you wish to undertake.

How long will it take?

While this may vary, most apprenticeships will take anything from 1 to 4 years to complete depending on the level and qualification you are undertaking.

What support can I get during my training?

Your training provider or employer will provide you with all the necessary training you will require to fulfil the role. Their job is to make sure that develop the skills necessary to meet national standards and can complete the course successfully. They would ideally support you so that at the end of the process you become a full time employee for them (although not guaranteed).

Will it cost me anything?

As an apprentice you will not have to pay for any fees. Instead you will earn a salary for the work you do whilst undertaking the course.

What happens after my apprenticeship is complete?

Most apprentices will have additional levels which you can develop your skill set. Most people will find a job at the end of this process.

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