Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. 

As an apprentice you’ll: 

  • work alongside experienced staff 

  • gain job-specific skills 

  • earn a wage and get holiday pay 

  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week) 

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. They have equivalent educational levels and some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma. 

Levels of apprenticeship

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's 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 by the end of the summer holidays 

  • living in England 

  • not in full-time education 

How to apply 

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship. 

  • Search for an apprenticeship 

  • Sign in or create an account. 

  • Complete and submit your application. 

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews. 

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