About Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship Scheme

What is an apprenticeship?

It’s an opportunity to earn while you learn by giving you the chance to gain experience in a workplace whilst also studying for qualifications. Apprenticeships are available in almost 250 job roles across a wide range of industry sectors.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

This depends on the job sector (e.g. accountancy, law, media etc.), the qualifications you are going for and the skills you already have. Generally an apprenticeship will take 1-4 years to complete.

Who can apply to the scheme?

Apprenticeships are open to everyone aged 16 and up 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 to get an apprenticeship you may be able to join the Access to Apprenticeship scheme. This scheme is run by the National Apprenticeship Service. For more information about this scheme please ask your employer.

What Qualifications can I achieve?

Apprenticeships can lead to:

  • NVQ's at Level 2 through to Level 5
  • a Key Skills qualification (e.g. 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?

Search and apply for vacancies on the National Apprenticeships website.

Page last updated: 10/01/2017