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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 course 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 course, 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 course – 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 course.

The three parts of any apprenticeship

  1. A course 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 course 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.

NameLevelEquivalent education level
Intermediate25 GCSE passes
Advanced32 A level passes
Higher4First year of a degree programme
Higher5Foundation degree and above
Higher/Degree6Bachelors degree level
Higher/Degree7Masters degree and PhD level

Interested in becoming an apprentice?

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

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