Apprenticeship FAQs

Apprenticeship FAQs

Apprenticeship FAQs

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work based training for people who want to gain qualifications and work in a specific industry. Apprentices work full time while studying towards a vocational qualification, ranging from GCSE level to Masters degree level. Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries, from boat-building to advertising, from construction to animal care, whatever you’re interested in you’re sure to find an apprenticeship that suits you.


What Levels of Apprenticeship are there?

Level 2 – An Intermediate Apprenticeship is the equivalent of 5 good GCSE passes A*-C (9-4). In 2016/17 over 261,000 people started a Level 2 Apprenticeship in England.

Level 3 – An Advanced Apprenticeship is the equivalent of two good A-Level passes. Apprentices will work towards a work-based learning qualification such as a Level 3 NVQ, and a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. 

Level 4 & 5– Level 4 & 5 apprenticeships are Higher Apprenticeships. These are the equivalent to a HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree. Applicants must have a Level 3 qualification or equivalent A-Levels to do these apprenticeships

Level 6 & 7Degree Level Apprenticeships qualify you with a Bachelors degree (Level 6 Apprenticeship) or a Masters degree (Level 7 Apprenticeship). These apprenticeships take at least 3 years, you work full time and study part time.

 

How Long are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships vary in length depending on their level and employer, as a rough guide:


What are the Entry Requirements?

In order to be an apprentice you must be aged 16 or over, and are not in full time education. Academic requirements vary depending on the level of apprenticeship and the company you’re applying to. Most require a GCSE in English and Maths, with additional qualifications such as a specific number of GCSEs, NVQs, or A-Levels, depending on the apprenticeship level.

 

What Qualifications Will I Get?

Qualifications vary depending on the level of apprenticeship.

Level 2 – An Intermediate Apprenticeship is the equivalent of 5 good GCSE passes A*-C (9-4). Apprentices gain a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification and a knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC diploma.

Level 3 – An Advanced Apprenticeship is the equivalent of two good A-Level passes. Apprentices will work towards a work-based learning qualification such as a Level 3 NVQ, and a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. 

Level 4 & 5 – Level 4 & 5 apprenticeships are Higher Apprenticeships. These are the equivalent to a HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Level 6 & 7 – Degree Level Apprenticeships qualify you with a Bachelors degree (Level 6 Apprenticeship) or a Masters degree (Level 7 Apprenticeship


What Can I Do an Apprenticeship in?

Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including:

 

Is There an Age Limit to Apprenticeships?

No! Apprentices must be aged 16 or over. They’re a great way to help people of all ages learn new skills and gain vocational qualifications to move into new industries. If you’re aged 19 or over at the start of your apprenticeship you may be eligible for financial assistance from Student Finance England.


Do Apprentices Get Paid?

Yes! For apprentices aged under 19, or aged 19 and in your first year as an apprentice, you’re entitled to the apprentice minimum wage of £3.90 an hour. Apprentices aged 19 or over who’ve completed their first year of their apprenticeship are eligible for the National Minimum Wage which varies depending on age.

Lots of apprenticeship providers pay more than the minimum wage Increasingly, degree apprentices are earning as much as a graduate starting salary at companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and EY.

 

Am I Guaranteed a Job After My Apprenticeship?

Apprentices aren’t guaranteed a job, but often providers will offer apprenticeships jobs within their company or help them to get a job in the same industry.


Where Do I Find An Apprenticeship?

Find the right apprenticeship for you with our Apprenticeship Finder Tool.


Where Can I Find Out More About Apprenticeships?

Gov UK Info for information about the technicalities and legalities

Rate My Apprenticeship has a library of reviewed companies and apprenticeships


Apprenticeship Definitions


Apprentice: A person who’s learning a trade from an employer.

BTECS: The Business and Technology Education Council Extended Diploma (BTEC) is a work-related qualification. Over 2,000 different BTEC qualifications available in 16 different sectors.

NVQ: A work-based award. Consists of assessment and training, you must prove you can carry the job out to the required standard.

IA Intermediate Apprenticeships: A Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship is the equivalent of 5 GCSEs A*-C (or 9-4 in the new system).

AA Advanced Apprenticeships: An Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship is the equivalent of 2 A-Levels.

HA Higher Apprenticeships: (Level 4 & 5): Higher Apprenticeships are the equivalent to a HNC, a foundation degree, or the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Degree Apprenticeships: (Level 6 & 7): A Degree Level Apprenticeship is the equivalent of a Bachelors Degree (Level 6) or a Masters Degree (Level 7)