• What is an apprenticeship?

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go. With over 22,000 quality apprenticeship vacancies available online at any time there has never been a better time to start an apprenticeship. If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply.   

For more information on apprenticeships, see below or go to the National Apprenticeship Service website for more details. 


Five elements to the apprenticeship


You need to complete all these elements to complete your apprenticeship:

5 elements to the apprenticeship 

PLTS = Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (Essential / transferrable skills for work).

Functional Skills = Communication / application of number / ICT.

ERR = Employment Responsibilities and Rights (To raise awareness of employment rights).

Technical Certificate = (for example BTEC / City & Guilds) = (Theoretical and underpinning knowledge for the industry - usually delivered through day release at college or training provider).

NVQ = National Vocational Qualification (Work based qualification achieved through training and assessment on the job).

Levels of apprenticeship

  • Traineeship – is an education and training programme (for up to six months) with work experience to provide you with the skills and experience that employers are looking for, English and maths, and a high quality work experience placement. 
  • Intermediate (Level 2) – equivalent to five GCSE passes (normally takes 1-2 years).
  • Advanced (Level 3) – equivalent to two A level passes (normally takes 2-3 years).
  • Higher (Level 4-5) – leads to a Level 4 and above or Foundation Degree (normally takes 2-3 years).