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 Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service, which allows you to search, apply, and then manage, applications for Apprenticeships. You can find the Vacancy Matching Service on the www.apprenticeships.org.uk website.
- 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!
Talk to your:
- Personal tutor, careers adviser or careers teacher at school or college
- For information about Apprenticeships and to search vacancies at www.apprenticeships.org.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
- Find out more information about all the 16+ options including Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications use the Ofqual website.