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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay
  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

There are different levels of Apprenticeships available, but they all lead to competence, knowledge and transferable skills.

LevelEquivalent Educational Level
Advanced3A level
Higher4,5,6, and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree


As an apprentice, at least 20% of your normal working hours must be spent on training.

Your training might happen every week, every month or in a separate block of time.

The training might take place:

  • at your place of work
  • somewhere else like at a college or training provider
  • online
  • You will work towards a programme learning that will meet all the Knowledge Skills and Behaviours in the standard to prepare your for your End Point Assessment. Your Learning & Development Coach will check which assessment methods are used in the EPA and do mock tests and practice runs as the apprentice approaches the EPA. 
  • Transferable skills – Functional skills are qualifications in English, Maths and ICT which cover more general work-related skills such as communication, team work, problem solving and using new technologies.
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities – In this part of the Apprenticeship, they will learn about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace. This will cover things such as health and safety in the workplace, what cover they have as an employee and what the employer is responsible for.
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills – As part of the Apprenticeship, learners will develop a series of underpinning skills that employers are looking for. Skills such as creative thinking, evaluation and team working are key to future employability, making apprentices more effective employees.

All components of our Apprenticeship hone the skills that employers are looking for and will put them ahead of the competition in the job market. Their efforts will be rewarded throughout the process. They will receive a separate certificate for each qualification they achieve, as well as receiving a certificate once they have completed and achieved all aspects of the Apprenticeship programme. We will develop skills and provide the knowledge, while the employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training may be classroom based, or in the workplace, depending on the subject.”Listen to some of our learner’s opinions on apprenticeships“

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Are they finishing school and want to earn as they learn?

Does the idea of sixth form or university not interest them?

If you have answered yes to any of these, please get in touch with us. We will help them achieve!

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