What’s an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. An apprentice, will: – work alongside experienced staff – gain job-specific skills – earn a wage and get holiday pay – be given time for study related to their role (the equivalent of one day a week)


What levels are there?

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training, leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships also require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role. 

  • Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeships - Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grade A*– C or 9 – 4
  • Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeships - Equivalent to 2 A level passes/Level 3 Diploma/ International Baccalaureate
  • Higher Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 Apprenticeships - Equivalent to Foundation degree and above
  • Degree Level 6 and 7 Apprenticeships - Equivalent to Bachelor’s or master’s degree


Entry requirements

An employer will determine their own entry requirements for an employee to commence an apprenticeship, but these general entry requirements apply; you have to be aged 16 years or over and must be working for at least 30 hours a week. You also need to be a resident in England and not taking part in full-time education.


If you are not yet employed, C2C advertises apprenticeship vacancies with employers on the National Apprenticeship website. This is a free service and there are many apprenticeship opportunities available. You can apply for current Apprenticeship Vacancies here.


What is the role of my training provider?

Your training provider has a key role to play in providing off-the-job training, assessing your progress towards achieving your qualifications and supporting you generally during your apprenticeship.

They work very closely with your employer to ensure that you receive:

  • an induction programme on starting
  • a detailed training plan (including on-the-job training)
  • regular progress reviews
  • opportunities to put into practice off-the-job learning so that you can achieve your qualifications/requirements of the apprenticeship
  • mentoring and general support throughout your apprenticeship

This will all be documented in a commitment statement that is part of the Apprenticeship Agreement. This is an individual learning plan that the provider, the employer and Apprentice will all sign up to.

You can find out more about learner satisfaction with training organisations and colleges by accessing the learner satisfaction survey results on the FE Choices pages of GOV.UK.



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