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Apprenticeships give you the chance to get out into the real world and get started on your chosen career. Our Apprenticeship courses are a brilliant way to gain new practical and professional skills, on the job training, nationally recognised qualifications and earn money at the same time. Depending on the qualification, you will gain a Technical Certificate and Functional Skills to build your confidence and knowledge as an all rounder. They will help you understand your chosen occupation and enhance your employment prospects.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Businesses often need employees who can combine technical knowledge with practical skills. Apprenticeships are a route by which you can begin a career in a chosen industry, learn practical skills and achieve nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are government backed training schemes aimed at people of any age. You will receive work-based training from your employer and may attend our training centre one day a week depending on such factors as qualification undertaken, whether you are new employee or existing staff, your role, experience etc. You will spend most of your time with the employer getting your industry knowledge and experience. You will be working alongside experienced staff who will teach you new skills and build your industry knowledge. Once you have started your Apprenticeship, an assessor will visit you and your employer at work on a regular basis and be on hand when you need them. You will study towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), Functional Skills qualifications and Technical Certificate (depending on qualification undertaken).

Are there different types of Apprenticeship?

Yes, there are different types of Apprenticeship available; Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships. The one which is right for you will depend on your experience and the opportunities in your chosen area.

How long does an Apprenticeship take?

The minimum length of time to complete an Apprenticeship is 12 months. The total time will depend on the sector you choose, your ability and the employer’s requirement. An Apprenticeship will usually take anything from 12 to 24 months. Some Apprenticeships can take up to three years, so a large degree of commitment on your part is necessary.

Do I need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship?

If you already have a job with a small company, large employer or within your family business, you may be eligible to receive free training and gain qualifications as an Apprentice. However, you may be looking for a post, preferring to work and earn an income rather than staying in full-time education. We can help you to find the kind of work you are looking for and then provide the support and training necessary.

How much will I get paid?

You will be guaranteed a minimum Apprentice wage per hour and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week with some employers paying more based on experience. Please refer to Gov UK.

What qualifications do I get when I’ve finished my Apprenticeship?

You will get a package of qualifications when you finish your Apprenticeship:

  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Technical Certificate such as a BTEC National Diploma or a City & Guilds Progression Award
  • Functional Skills (Numeracy, Literacy & ICT)

Can I progress on to Further or Higher Education?

Most Apprenticeships offer a potential progression from level two to a level three Advanced Apprenticeship. Advanced Apprentices can progress onto a level four industry qualification or Higher Education qualification such as a HNC/ HND.

Levels of Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education


What they've done? 

Training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs. 


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