Apprenticeship opportunities are available to anyone over the age of 16 and have continued to evolve in recent years. Apprenticeships provide the chance to work a real, paid job, alongside gaining a qualification relevant to the specific industry. You will spend around 30 hours a week at work, learning on the job, and then attend college, university or a training provider to gain your qualification.
There are currently 4 different levels of apprenticeships as follows:
Intermediate apprenticeships are known as a Level 2 qualification which is the equivalent to GCSE’s.
Advanced apprenticeships are known as a Level 3 qualification, equivalent to A Levels.
Higher apprenticeships cover levels 4 and 5 which are the equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/Diploma or a Foundation Degree.
Degree apprenticeships cover level 6 and 7 and are the equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Assuming you are a student already in some form of higher education the opportunities that will probably be most relevant to you are the Higher and Degree apprenticeships. These apprenticeship opportunities can take between 3-6 years to complete depending on the type of qualification you are looking to gain. Furthermore, if you have decided that university is really not for you and have dropped out or are thinking of dropping out, doing a degree apprenticeship is a great alternative to gain the same level of qualification in alternative way.
Benefits of Starting a Higher or Degree Level Apprenticeship
Higher and degree level apprenticeships provide the opportunity to:
If you would like to find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities available to you, funding and more, visit our sister website dedicated to providing all the information and guidance you need on apprenticeships, Employing an Apprentice.