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Apprenticeships

Combine paid work and qualifications with an apprenticeship. Get In. Go Far.

There are more apprenticeships open to you than you could ever imagine – with no tuition fees to drag you down. You can get an apprenticeship in anything from town planning to engineering, social media or childcare – the list is endless! An apprenticeship can be a great way to solve the Catch 22 of employers wanting young people to have work experience AND qualifications. Find out more…

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid training programme that combines working for a salary with learning that leads to a nationally-recognised qualification.

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If you’re aged 16 or over, you can apply for an apprenticeship and get paid to do a job and build work experience while getting qualified for a career. Apprenticeships last a minimum of a year, and can last up to four years depending on the nature of the apprenticeship. They are currently available in all the 15 main business areas.

There are 4 types of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate (Level 2) – equivalent to 5 GCSEs
  • Advanced (Level 3) – equivalent to 2 A-levels
  • Higher (Level 4/5) – can lead to a Level 4 qualification or a foundation degree
  • Degree (Level 6/7) – equivalent to a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, with no tuition fees.

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What is a traineeship?

A traineeship with an employer combines learning and work experience to help you build up skills and confidence. If you’re not feeling ready for an apprenticeship, you can apply for a traineeship if you’re aged 16-24 and you’re qualified below Level 3.

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