What is an Apprenticeship?

The term apprenticeship is often broadly use as a potential means of a career path.  But what is it and how can an apprenticeship scheme benefit you?

According to https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

What is an apprentice

It is commonly viewed that an apprenticeship schemes are associated with jobs with industries such as manual jobs, beauty industry, administration and customer service or that apprenticeship schemes are only for young people.  But with things moving forward many industries such as the financial services, legal and IT offer apprenticeship schemes.  Many organisations are also removing age limits on their apprenticeships schemes such as Barclays, Housing Associations and many local authorities to encourage older worker to retain and gain new skills in a different industry.

An apprenticeship can take between 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.

Who can apply:

To apply for an apprenticeship, you need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • Living in England
  • Not in fulltime education

Where to find an apprenticeship schemes

  • They will also be listed in local job listings or on job posting site
  • Check out company’s website careers section and see if they have any apprenticeship schemes and if they will be suitable for you
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