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Apprenticeship Information

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. 

An apprenticeship includes: 

  • paid employment with holiday leave 
  • hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest
  • at least 20% off-the-job training 
  • formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification

Apprenticeship levels

Different apprenticeship levels equate to different qualification levels.

An apprenticeship can start at any level, but some may require:

  • previous qualifications such as English or maths GCSEs 
  • additional training in English or maths to ensure the apprentice is at the right level 

One of the following qualification levels will be achieved depending on the apprenticeship level:



Equivalent education level






A level


4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Traineeships are a great option for young people who are not yet ready for an apprenticeship because they provide opportunities to gain the relevant skills and experience to take on an apprenticeship and prepare for work.

Information obtained from:

Apprenticeship Information - this website has a variety of useful resources which are continuously updated.  Information includes:

  • Higher and Degree listings
  • Parents and Carers Pack

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Below are some websites to help you start to look for an apprenticeship (including degree level).  Many companies do apprenticeships – it is a good idea to look on company websites.