The Apprenticeship Scheme
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is an opportunity to earn while you learn, giving you the chance to gain experience in a workplace whilst studying for nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are available in almost 250 job roles across a wide range of industry sectors.
How long does an apprenticeship last?
It varies depending of the sector, the qualifications you are going for and the skills your already have. Generally, an apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete.
Who can apply to the scheme?
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old and entry requirements will depend on what you want to do. There are three levels available:
- Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes:
- Advanced Level Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A level passes
- Higher Apprenticeships (lead to qualifications at NVQ Level 4 or, in some cases, a Foundation Degree)
If you are aged between 16 and 24 and need to improve your skills, such as literacy or numeracy, to get an apprenticeship you may be able to join the Access to Apprenticeship scheme run by the National Apprenticeship Service, ask your provider for details.
What Qualifications can I achieve?
Apprenticeships can lead to:
- NVQ's at Level 2 through to Level 5
- A Key Skills qualification, for example problem solving and using technology
- A technical certificate, such as BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award
- Other qualifications needed for particular occupations
- Knowledge-based qualifications such as an HNC, HND or Foundation degree
How do I find an apprenticeship?
Currently available apprenticeships may be found on our "Related Download" page.
Alternatively, to become an apprentice search and apply for vacancies on the national Apprenticeships website.
Last updated: 29th November 2012
Further pages in About Apprenticeships
- You are here The Apprenticeship Scheme
- Employers and Apprenticeships