You’ll do the apprenticeship most relevant to your job role, as part of your initial trade training. The courses are designed with other employers, ensuring the training is to industry standards and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
Types of Apprenticeships
Your apprenticeship will be on one of the following areas:
- Public services and health
- Telecommunications & IT
- Animal care
- Business administration
The type of apprenticeship that you will do will depend on your chosen role in the Army.
There are three levels of apprenticeships for entry level soldier roles.
Intermediate Apprenticeships are the first level of apprenticeship. An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. If you have not got GCSEs in Maths and English at 4-9, we’ll help you gain level 2 functional skills qualifications.
The apprenticeship normally takes 12-18 months.
Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3) are equivalent to two A level passes or a T level pass. If you already have Level 3 qualifications, including A levels, the Advanced Apprenticeship is a great way to gain practical, work-based skills and experience in a particular job and sector.
Entry requirements vary, but typically you will need at least five GCSEs with grades 9 to 4/A* to C, including English and maths.
The apprenticeship takes 18-36 months. You’ll start your training in initial trade training before completing the qualification putting your knowledge into practice with your Field Army unit.
Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4) are an equivalent to a foundation degree they can be; an NVQ Level 4, a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND), or foundation degree. There is also the opportunity to progress to Level 7, postgraduate degree level.
A Higher Apprenticeship can take up to five years to complete, Entry requirements for a higher apprenticeship may include at least five GCSEs grades A* – C (9 – 4 on the new grading system), including English and maths.
The course takes 18-36 months.
You'll get the chance to undertake a degree level apprenticeship in leadership, later in your career. Every job in the Army offers the opportunity to progress to gain professional skills leading to higher qualifications, including full Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Technical Corps like the Royal Engineers or the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, will support you in gaining civilian qualifications such as gaining Chartered Engineer status.
Many Officers and Soldiers also become qualified instructors or leaders for adventurous training activities, so this is a great chance to take your interests to the next level.