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What is an Apprenticeship?

 

If you have seen the BBC television show, The Apprentice, you will know the kind of hard work, and rewards, that are involved with being an Apprentice. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to continue your studies, gain qualifications and put that theory into practice as you gain real experience in the workplace.

The Apprenticeship programme is made up of several different elements:

Why should I take an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of learning on the job.

While taking an Apprenticeship, you will be working for a real company in a real job. You will gain the skills, knowledge and experience of your chosen industry. You will also work towards either an NVQ or another nationally recognised qualification.

You can ‘earn while you learn’

Wages will vary depending on the type of Apprenticeship you are taking, however you will earn no less than £95 per week. Recent surveys have suggested that the average amount apprentices earn is now around £170 per week.

Flexible training

As an employee, you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a local college such as City College - usually once or twice a week but in some occupational areas it is all done in the workplace.

Individuals gain a recognised professional qualification, technical knowledge, professional skills as well as wider business competencies.

What different levels of apprenticeships are available?

There are three different levels of Apprenticeships available at City College:

Intermediate - Level 2 (equivalent to 5 good GCSE passes)

Apprentices work towards a work-based learning qualification such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills and in some cases a relevant Technical Certificate. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to Advanced Apprenticeships.

Advanced Apprenticeships - Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A-level passes)

Advanced Apprentices work towards a work-based learning qualification such as a NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills and in some cases a relevant Technical Certificate. To start this programme, you should ideally have 5 GCSEs (grade A-C) or have completed an Apprenticeship at Level 2 and have been assessed to progress to Level 3.

Higher Apprenticeships

For those who have completed a Level 3 qualification, Higher Apprenticeships are a nationally accredited work-based programme designed to meet employers’ needs at higher skill levels and include qualifications at a level equivalent to Higher Education (Level 4)

How long does an Apprenticeship take to complete?

Typically it will last one or two years and Apprentices work towards a National Vocational Qualification at Level 2, Functional Skills at Level 1 and in most cases a Technical Certificate.

Advanced Apprenticeships will last up to 18 months (dependant on sector) and Apprentices work towards a National Vocational Qualification at Level 3, Functional Skills at Level 2 and a Technical Certificate.

Advanced Apprenticeships will last up to 18 months (dependant on sector) and Apprentices work towards a National Vocational Qualification at Level 4.