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Apprenticeships explained

As described in The Apprenticeship Guide, an apprenticeship, which must last for a minimum of one year, combines hands-on work with the opportunity to train and work towards qualifications. It’s also a paid position. At least 20% of your time is set aside for learning, usually at a college, university or training provider.

The rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the actual workplace, doing the job that you set out to get. At the end of it, you’ll gain official certification, which will be equivalent to traditional qualifications.

Apprenticeships levels are set and equivalent to:

  • 2 (Intermediate): GCSEs
  • 3 (Advanced): A Levels
  • 4 (Higher): Foundation degree
  • 5 (Higher): Foundation degree/first year of bachelor’s degree
  • 6 (Degree): Bachelor’s degree
  • 7 (Degree): Master’s degree

Find out more on The Apprenticeship Guide website.

Apprentices are amazing!

Discover the amazing world of apprenticeships. The above collection of short Apprentice Story films showcases the breadth and variety of apprenticeships, including Firefighting, Engineering, Broadcasting, Zookeeping and more.

Resources for parents and guardians

For all the latest information and resources for you to help your child to search and apply for the latest apprenticeship opportunities, just click on the Resources for parents and guardians image.

Applying for an apprenticeship

Click on the image for a step by step guide to applying for an apprenticeship, including finding an apprenticeship, the application process, CVs and covering letters and preparing for interview.

Or see below for information from York College as to how to write an apprenticeship application:

Image of How to write an apprenticeship application (York College)
Image of How to write an apprenticeship application (York College)

Introducing a range of apprenticeship roles

Amazing Apprenticeships have put together a series of short and engaging films covering 12 school subjects and the many apprenticeship roles they link with.

Each film introduces a range of apprentice roles linked to the subject and outlines some of the tasks you could expect to be doing in each apprenticeship.

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