Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you will:
- have a job
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific industrial skills
- study towards a related qualification within your work place
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
- 16 or over
- living in England
- not in full-time education at the start of the apprenticeship
An Apprenticeship combines practical training in a job with study.
The apprenticeship framework can lead to
- A National recognised qualification which could be a National Vocational Qualification Level 2 or Level 3, depending on whether you are doing an Intermediate or Advanced apprenticeship. This will enable you to demonstrate your workplace abilities and prove that you can do specific job-related tasks.
- The technical certificate, if applicable, will give you extra knowledge and understanding about the job you are training for.
- Transferable Skills such as Functional Skills in English and maths, if required, and more general work-related skills such as communication, team working, problem solving and using new technologies.
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ)
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are designed to demonstrate a learner’s occupational competence & skills. They are usually delivered and assessed in the workplace.
Our NVQs are based on the National Occupational Standards, which define the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to do a particular job.
National Occupational Standards are set by Sector Skills Councils or Standards Setting Bodies in consultation with the sector. This means that our NVQs are designed to meet the changing needs of your area of work.
National Occupational Standards are statements of performance which describe what competent people in an area of work should be able to do. This may include:
- the knowledge and understanding that underpin competent performance
- current best practice
- the standards required for competence
Functional Skills are qualifications in English, mathematics and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to live, learn and work successfully. Functional Skills are a mandatory part of all Apprenticeship frameworks in England.
Skills for Life
Skills for Life is the national strategy in England for improving adult literacy, language (ESOL) and numeracy skills. Skills for life is all about the literacy and numeracy that people need for work and day-to-day activities. Skills for life are ideal for anyone who needs to brush up on their word and/or number skills.