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What is an apprenticeship?

The perfect combination of work and education

An apprenticeship is type of training linked to a profession or trade with on-the-job training and a programme of study. Apprenticeships are designed by employers to meet skills gaps, and are a great way to gain real-life experience whilst training and earning a wage.

Earn while you learn

Throughout your apprenticeship you will be employed in a full-time job and will have a contract of employment for the duration of your apprenticeship. You will typically attend formal training (at university) one day per week and work (at the employer) four days per week. The company you’re working for will be required to agree that you spend 20% of the time completing off-the-job learning – typically, this will be your one day per week with us, your training provider.

Once you have completed the programme, you will complete an End Point Assessment (EPA). This is a required part of all apprenticeship standards. Some EPAs will include a professional accreditation, which employers can require for some roles.

Paid for by your employer

As an apprentice, you do not pay for the cost of your programme – this is covered by the Government, and, in some cases, your employer makes a contribution too. Information about funding and finance can be found on each apprenticeship standard.

The three parts of any apprenticeship

  1. A programme of study e.g. Degree, HNC or BTEC
  2. A full-time paid job linked to your study e.g. Surveyor, Engineer, Nurse
  3. An Assessment at the end of your programme of study (End Point Assessment)

These are all completed while you’re in a relevant job role.

Options in a wide range of areas

Apprenticeships are available in a range of areas, including Engineering and Business. For example, we offer an Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Apprenticeship, a Civil Design Engineer Apprenticeship and a Chartered Manager Apprenticeship – all of which include studying a related degree.

At a range of levels - including degree

We offer a wide range of higher and degree apprenticeships. These allow you to get a qualification, ranging from a degree to a masters or professional qualification, all while in  full-time employment and getting paid.

NameLevel Equivalent education level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4 First year of a degree programme
Higher 5 Foundation degree and above
Higher/Degree 6 Bachelors degree level
Higher/Degree 7 Masters degree and PhD level

Interested in becoming an apprentice?

Find out more about the benefits, apprenticeship standard on offer and application process, or speak to a friendly member of our dedicated Course Enquiries Team.

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