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Apprenticeship Levels

Intermediate Advanced Higher Degree
Intermediate Apprenticeships are your entry level into the world of apprenticeships more commonly known as a Level 2 Apprenticeship. Level 2 apprenticeships offer an excellent route into further education post 16, as an alternative to staying on at school, whilst receiving on the job training and studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

During your intermediate apprenticeship you will study part-time with a college or a training provider, 20% of your training, towards an NVQ Level 2 and knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC, together these qualifications are the equivalent to 5 GCSE's grades 9 - 4 (A* - C on the old grading system). You will also receive a Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English if you don't already have them.

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is great for learning work related skills as apposed to being given more responsibility. This level of training will make you work ready and train you in the hands on skills required to undertake the responsibility of the task and give you the employability skills you need to be successful.

Qualifying Criteria
There is no formal qualifying criteria for a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship however some employers may ask for a minimum of 2 GCSE's to be able to join their apprenticeship programme.
Advanced Apprenticeships or commonly known as Level 3 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to doing 2 A-Levels and are the next level from an intermediate apprenticeship. Level 3 apprenticeships are great for you to start once you have completed your GCSE's and have attained the correct grades to be able to start at this level.

Starting at the advanced level even if you already have A-levels enables you to gain on the training, of which some employers prefer you to have before starting a Higher or Degree apprenticeship.

Just like an intermediate apprenticeship you will be required to spend at least 20% of your time studying with a college or training provider to be able to achieve the qualifications. On completion of you r apprenticeship you will achieve the equivalent of 2 A-Levels in the form of an NVQ Level 3 and a knowledge based qualifications such as a BTEC diploma.

Qualifying Criteria
To qualifying for a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship many employers ask for a minimum of 5 GCSE's which must include Maths and English, this is why an intermediate apprenticeships gives you these qualifications on completion. Although an advanced apprenticeships is the equivalent of 2 A-Levels some employers may add A-Levels as their requirement at this level also.

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Higher Apprenticeships are your Levels 4 and 5 qualifications and enable you to study towards a HNC or HND respectively whilst at Level 5 you can also attain a foundation degree which is great if you want to continue in your studies towards a bachelors degree.

During your higher apprenticeship training you will be required to studying part-time with a training provider, college or university which along with your on the job training will enable you to train towards a Level 4 or 5 NVQ and BTEC diploma along with their respective HNC or HND qualification. Higher apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.

As a higher apprentice you will be given a lot more responsibility which may include managing people or teams or even responsible for managing projects. You will be supported by your employer along side your mentors and tutors making sure to advise and guide you along the way during your apprenticeship programme.

Qualifying Criteria
To qualifying for a higher apprenticeship you will need to have achieved and completed at least a Level 3 Apprenticeship or have 5 GCSE's grades 9-4 which must include Maths and English and 2 A-Levels.

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Degree apprenticeships were introduced in September 2015 and have been receive with open arms both by employers and apprentices alike. Also known as Level 6 or 7 apprenticeships the degree level apprenticeship enables you to study towards a Bachelors or Masters degree.

You can start a degree apprenticeships straight after your advanced apprenticeship level or alternatively if you want to gain more on the job training before the Level 6 programme you can overlap from a higher apprenticeship programme. Many employers are now partnering with leading universities across the country to offer degree level apprenticeships to help advance your learning opportunities.

Just like studying at university a degree level apprenticeship takes between 3 to 6 years to complete you will achieve this by on the job training with your employer and training provider and then part-time study at the designated university for your apprenticeship course.

Qualifying Criteria
To qualifying for a degree apprenticeship you will need to have at least Level 3 qualifications of 2 A-Levels, NVQ and BTEC or have completely the advanced apprenticeship. Level 6 and 7 are also a natural progression from a higher apprenticeship.

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Thinking of becoming an apprentice?

What you need to know before applying for apprenticeships.

  • Apprenticeships take between 12 months and 6 years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship coupled with the subject area you are studying.

  • Apprentice employers are legally required to pay a minimum of £4.30 per hour during the first year of your apprenticeship or if you are under 18 years of age. However the average salary for apprenticeships in the UK is £15,000 to £25,000.

  • As an apprentice you are a full-time member of staff which means in addition to your pay you are entitled to further benefits. These benefits may include holiday pay and pensions.

  • It is estimated that around 70% of apprentices after completing their training remain with the same employer to further develop their career prospects.

  • Apprentices earn more on average during their twenties than graduates by around £1,000 to £7,000 per year. Plus as an apprentice you are not ladened with huge amounts of university debt.

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What is an apprenticeship?

Not quite sure what an apprenticeship is? Our guide will help you define the ins and outs of apprenticeships and whether they are right for you and your future career goals.

Why become an apprentice?

There are plenty of reasons to become an apprentice, however we thought we would highlight the most beneficial to help sway you towards becoming an apprentice and kickstarting your career.

How much do apprentices earn?

You've decided you want to do an apprenticeship but need to know what you can expect to be paid during your "On the job Training"? Check out our guide to apprentice pay to see what you could be earning.

Who recruits apprentices?

Who doesn't recruit apprentices more like. There are literally thousands of companies hiring apprentices each year in the UK. Check out our apprentice employer directory to narrow down your search.

How can I land that apprenticeship?

First impressions count and that means making your cv standout. Most employers require a cv (Curriculum vitae) during the application process. Our guide will help you create a winning cv.

What are Adult Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships aren't just for 16-24 yr olds they are for all ages and there is extra support available for anyone wanting to develop themselves through an apprenticeship for travel or even childcare.

Frequently Asked Questions About Apprenticeships

Where can I find an apprenticeship?

By using our simple search function you can find an apprenticeship within a few clicks. Or to narrow down your search criteria by adding a search radius or specific apprenticeship category you can opt to use our advanced apprenticeship search functionality.

How can I become an apprentice?

Simply register as an apprentice by creating a profile and uploading your cv, if you don't have a cv use the free tool to create one. Once you have done this the next step is to find an apprenticeship and apply.

Is there an age restriction on apprenticeships?

There is no age restriction on apprenticeships. Historically apprenticeships were for 16-24yr olds, however you can now do an apprenticeship at any age. An employer may add a minimum age requirement to an apprenticeship as the particular apprenticeship training may require you to drive a vehicle.

Will I get paid during my apprenticeship?

Yes. Apprenticeships are a form of further education whilst on the job training, and an employer is required to pay you for the work you do. The average salary for apprentices across the UK ranges between £15,000 - £20,000 depending on where your apprenticeship is and what sector it is in.

What sectors can I do an apprenticeship in?

Virtually any industry sector now offers apprenticeships, whether it is a specific apprenticeship for the industry or a generic apprenticeship training subject such as Business Administration or Information Technology which has been adapted to the employment sector.

Can I apply for an apprenticeship at any time?

You can apply for an apprenticeship at any time of the year as employers are not restricted to when they can employ apprentices. That being said, some apprenticeships such as Higher and Degree Apprenticeships require you to study part time at College or University, which means many companies do like their apprentices to start at the beginning of term.

What qualifications do apprenticeships offer?

You can gain a nationally recognised qualification from an apprenticeship ranging from a NVQ Level 2 to a Degree such as a Bachelors or Masters. The level of qualification you achieve through your apprenticeship training solely depends on the apprenticeship level you are studying.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships take between 12 month to 4 years which is dependent on the level of apprenticeship and subject you are studying. By rule of thumb the lower the level of apprenticeship the quicker it takes to complete, some Intermediate Apprenticeships start at twelve months and some are 18 months for instance.

What happens if I decide I don't want to continue my apprenticeship?

You are entitled to end your apprenticeship training whenever you like, however an employer may be able to recoup the costs towards your training. If this is the case then it will be a clause within your contract before your start your apprenticeship training.

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