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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are about working for an employer and learning while you earn.

There are 3 levels:

1. Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-related level 2 qualifications such as NVQ level 2, functional skills and, in some cases, a technical qualification such as BTEC Diploma or Certificate. To apply you’ll need to have, or be predicted to achieve, qualifications at level 1 or better. For example GCSEs at grades D-G.

2. Advanced Level Apprenticeships

Advanced Level apprentices work towards work-related level 3 qualifications such as NVQ level 3, transferable skills and, in most cases, a technical certificate such as BTEC Diploma or Certificate. To apply you’ll need to have, or be predicted to achieve, qualifications at level 2 or better. For example five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.

3. Higher Apprenticeships

Higher apprentices work towards work-related level 4 qualifications such as an NVQ level 4 and in some cases, a Foundation Degree. To apply you’ll need to have, or be predicted to achieve, qualifications at level 3 or better. For example AS and A levels.

What can Apprenticeships lead to?

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships - if you are on an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship at level 2 you may be able to move up to level 3.
  • Higher Apprenticeships - if you are on an Advanced Level Apprenticeship you may be able to move on to a Higher Apprenticeship at level 4.
  • Education - if you have achieved qualifications at level 3 you may be able to move on to a higher education course, for example a Foundation Degree or an honours degree. Some employers may continue to fund your studies right up to this level.
  • Jobs - the majority of apprentices continue working for the company they training with and may be able to work towards promotion through the company to a higher level.

Apprenticeship application tips

  • Go online and use the Find an Apprenticeship service on Gov.uk
  • Apprenticeships (like other jobs with training) - attract lots of interest and competition and the employer and/or training provider will make a decision about you based on your personal qualities and skills. Use the careers and jobs pages to increase your chances of success!

Interested?

Talk to your:

  • Personal tutor, careers adviser or careers teacher at school or college

Go online:

  • For information about Apprenticeships and to search vacancies at Gov.uk
  • For information about where work-related/vocational qualifications at higher education level (levels 4-8) are on offer locally and nationally use the UCAS website
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