The “learn while you earn” route. Apprenticeships mix on-the-job training with learning. They provide you with the skills needed for your chosen career and lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

The majority of the time is spent working with the employer, and some time at college or a training provider.

They can be very competitive and can be as hard to get as a job. For example, many employers look for good maths and English before they will consider an application, along with enthusiasm and keeness to learn.

Levels of Apprenticeship

Knowing what level apprenticeships you can apply for depends on what qualifications you have.

Below is a breakdown of each level:

Name  Level Equivalent Qualification
Intermediate Apprenticeships 2 GCSE
Advanced Apprenticeships 3 A level
Higher Apprenticeships 4 – 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree Apprenticeships 6 – 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree


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