Why choose an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is Learning while you are Earning, It is available to young people aged 16 to 23 *. By undertaking an apprenticeship you gain a recognised qualification , develop essential skills, earn a wage and build confidence.

Pros of an Apprenticeship

  1. An alternative to University
  2. Money in your pocket
  3. Experience in a real work environment
  4. A nationally recognised qualification
  5. Developing skills such as communication, team working, research, presentation to help you develop a career
  6. Training which consists of on the job and off the job training

Level of an Apprenticeship

Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes)

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes)

Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Functional skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Apprenticeship.

Higher apprenticeships( equivalent to University degrees),  offer a work-based learning programme and lead to a nationally recognised qualification

  • A level 4 and 5 – equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree
  • A level 6 – equivalent to a bachelor degree

* In order to be eligible to do an apprenticeship you have to be a UK or EU national and cannot have a qualification higher than a level 3.

* All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice

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