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.
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 grades 4-9 in the new GCSE grading system) 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.
4. Degree Apprenticeships
This is a new type of higher apprenticeship which can lead to a full undergrauate degree as part of the apprenticeship.
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!
Talk to your:
- Personal tutor, careers adviser or careers teacher at school or college