If you’re looking at completing or applying for a higher apprenticeship (levels 4 & 5) it may seem like the requirements and information provided is usually quite specialised. With companies consistently changing their requirements and apprenticeships becoming increasingly competitive there are a few things that may be helpful to know when researching and applying for your desired apprenticeship.
Firstly, apprenticeships at a higher level are normally designed for people 18 or over who have either; at least five GCSE’s alongside a level 3 qualification such as A-Levels, or a Level 3 NVQ/SVQ or alternatively, have completed an advanced apprenticeship. In some cases, some companies will also search for desired requirements like the completion of subjects relevant to the industry or relevant to a particular apprenticeship scheme. At this stage of an apprenticeship scheme limited places and applications from school/college leavers as well as adults makes spots quite competitive. However, acquiring a place at a level 4 apprenticeship scheme offers invaluable benefits. By completing a higher apprenticeship at level 4 you should expect a decent salary, essential work experience, and the opportunity to develop your apprenticeship into either full-time work or a University degree. Comparable to either a foundation degree, a Higher Education Certificate or the first year of an undergraduate University degree, level 4 apprenticeships can be noted as a significant stepping stone to full-time employment.
Alongside this, level 5 of an apprenticeship also offers significantly valuable experience in your chosen industry. Similar to the fourth level, the fifth level of an apprenticeship sees you one step closer on your path to full-time employment in a workplace that you enjoy. Equivalent to a full undergraduate degree, completing a level 5 apprenticeship scheme could see you progressing onto a degree level apprenticeship or finding a new, full-time job related to your qualification. Overall, higher apprentices can expect an essential work-study balance across various sectors of work. Aiming to develop your journey towards full-time employment, a higher apprenticeship can offer various pathways, varying from self-employment to further education.
-By Max Lewis