Do you know the difference between Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships?
Advanced apprenticeships are the next level up from an intermediate apprenticeship or an entry level apprenticeship and gives you the opportunity to train and work towards the equivalent of two A-Levels or BTEC qualification. The advanced Apprenticeship is not to be mistaken for the Higher Apprenticeship which when qualified you will gain an NVQ or HND and be able to advance to a Degree Apprenticeship.
Intermediate apprenticeships give you on the job training to work towards the equivalent of five GCSE’s. Most employers if you don’t already have the necessary GCSE passes would require you to successfully complete your intermediate apprenticeship before advancing to an Advanced Apprenticeship which takes on average twenty four months to complete this stage, however this may be shorter or even longer depending on the discipline you are learning in.
The Advanced Apprenticeship is currently the second most popular in the UK and enabling learners to be able to progress to the Higher Apprenticeship stage.
You can start a Higher Apprenticeship without having already completed the Advanced, but this is not a common practise as employers prefer learners to have already gain the minimum standard of training in the specific field to be able to adjust easily to the the new learning programme.
When training during your advanced apprenticeship your employer may decide to utilise their own in house training department with the help of an external assessor to very your training and be able to formal deliver your certificate of training. Alternatives may include employers partnering with colleges to offer you day roles during your training that doesn’t have any impact on your day to day work agenda. Some companies no have their own government accredited training departments giving them the ability to employ their own full-time assessors and monitor your training requirements on a higher level.
Before starting any apprenticeship we always recommend you do some research into the prospects, such as how will it support you in future life. Also you can look a bit deeper into how much you can earn, such as when you are qualified what would be the average salary on offer from employers. There is a minimum wage employers have to pay apprentices from their first year of the apprenticeship with steady increases relaying to your age which you can find out more information here how much can you earn as an apprentice.