What Is an Apprenticeship?


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What is an apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’. Most apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format that is made up of knowledge qualifications, workplace competency and skills in English, maths and ICT.

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and requirements of the sector. Generally, apprenticeships take between one and two years to complete.

You can start an apprenticeship at any time of year. You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 working hours per week.

The main advantage of an apprenticeship is that you get to mix learning with real-life work experience and can gain the inside knowledge of your dream career while working towards an industry-recognised qualification!


Over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training.

On average, achieving a level 2 or level 3 apprenticeship boosts earnings by 11% and 16% respectively.

97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved.

Apprenticeships are programmes designed by Sector Skills Councils and employers that provide learners with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career within a particular sector. We offer three levels of apprenticeships:

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Intermediate apprenticeship

This is equivalent to five good GCSE passes.

Advanced apprenticeship

This is equivalent to two A-level passes.

Higher apprenticeship

These are equivalent to Higher Education qualifications. e.g. A Foundation Degree.

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