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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. 

Apprenticeship levels 

There are various levels of apprenticeships available to you depending on  your current skills and qualifications. 

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

Name  Level  Equivalent educational level 
 Intermediate  2  5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
 Advanced  3  2 A level passes 
 Higher  4,5,6 and 7  Foundation degree and above
Level 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

All apprenticeships will include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship 

  • You will be earning a salary
  • You will be training in the skills employers want their employees to have
  • You may be able to gain a permanent position within the workplace 
  • You learn  at a pace suited to the you  


The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30  per hour, but many employers pay more than this. 

School leaving age

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. If  you were born on or after 1 September 1997 you must stay in some form of education or training until your 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through: 

  • An apprenticeship or traineeship. 
  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider. 
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training.

Source: www.gov.uk
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