What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training. A blend of ‘on’ and ‘off’ the job training that provides individuals with the skills they need for their chosen career, while earning a wage.

Apprenticeships are available across all industry sectors and are an excellent way of gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst working and gaining real workplace experience.
Anyone living in England can do an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Vacancies will be advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service vacancies website and our own college website.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

There is no upper age limit for being an apprentice, although the minimum age is 16 years.

You need to be employed in a suitable role to do an apprenticeship.  An apprenticeship is a job with training.

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What levels of apprenticeships are there?

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

working towards level 2 qualifications.

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

working towards level 3 qualifications.

Higher Level Apprenticeships

working towards level 4 and above qualifications

What qualifications are in an apprenticeship?

Each apprenticeship has sector specific qualifications.  This may be one large combined qualification that includes learning taking place in the workplace (competency) and learning taking place in the classroom (knowledge) or these two areas may be split across two smaller qualifications; an NVQ competency qualification (workplace) and a short BTEC qualification (knowledge, classroom based).

In addition to the sector specific vocational qualification(s) each framework includes English and Maths Functional Skills and most have ICT functional skills.  Exemptions from one or more of the functional skills may be available

Each apprenticeship will also include Employee Rights and Responsibilities.  These are not separate qualifications but are embedded within the existing qualifications and may also be covered by a separate workbook.

Each apprenticeship will also include the six Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.  These are ‘soft skills’ that have been identified as being required by an apprentice or, in fact, any employee, in order to be effective in the workplace.

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An Apprenticeship gives you hands-on, real-life work experience, a salary and the opportunity to gain qualifications, all while working for a reputable local employer.