Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular as the route into a successful career. With an apprenticeship you earn while you learn, and you get recognised qualifications that help you stand out in the job market.

You can develop confidence in your ability and build your skills, and get a much wider understanding of the world of work, and all its demands and opportunities. There are Apprenticeships to suit your grades and experience, so why not see if there is one out there for you!

Learning can take place in the workplace under the guidance of skilled and experienced staff, and this can be backed up by high quality learning at colleges and training companies. Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you've been trained in the skills they need.

The Apprenticeship Framework

The Apprenticeship Framework consists of a package of qualifications, usually an NVQ, Essential Skills and a Technical Certificate. These qualifications have been agreed by the Sector Skills Council responsible for the area of work you operate in.

The time taken to complete the apprenticeship framework differs for each individual but you should expect to complete within 12 to 15 months. At induction an Individual Learning Plan is agreed and put together, personalised for your learning.

Dependant on your current job role and achievements, learning can be undertaken at one of the following levels. Once complete you may have the opportunity to move up to the next level.

Level 1 and learning that prepares you for level 1: Pre-Apprenticeship Learning

You could start with a traineeship which last between six and nine months. You would be based either at a college or training organisation

Level 2: Foundation Apprenticeship

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Essential Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC Diploma. These provide the skills apprentices need for their chosen career and allow entry to an Apprenticeship.

Level 3: Apprenticeship

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 3, Essential Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC Diploma. To start this programme, apprentices should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed a Foundation Apprenticeship.

Level 4 and above: Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree.

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