Apprenticeships are a good way to gain the skills and experience needed to get into many careers.
Apprenticeships combine work, training, and study, letting you 'earn while you learn'. There is a wide range of apprenticeships for over 1,500 job roles —giving you the opportunity to enter careers in anything from engineering and boat building, to veterinary nursing and accountancy.
An apprenticeship usually takes one to three years to complete, and is usually made up of three parts – all completed on the job, online, or in a classroom.
Depending on your skills and qualifications, there are four different levels available:
- Intermediate (Level 2) —generally considered to be the same level as five GCSE passes
- Advanced (Level 3) — generally considered to be the same level as two A levels/Highers
- Higher/Technical (Levels 4 to 7) — can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
- Degree/Graduate-level (Levels 5 to 7) — these are new and enable apprentices to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship