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5 things to know about apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week 2023

This year, National Apprenticeship Week is all about spotlighting apprenticeships and considering how they can help provide #SkillsForLife.  

If you’re considering or curious about an apprenticeship, we’ve looked into what they are, who they’re for, and how you can apply.

1) What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. This means you can earn a wage while also gaining job-specific skills and receiving relevant teaching.  


2) Who is it for?

You might explore an apprenticeship when you're 16 years of age or older. If you want to earn while you learn, if you have a specific industry or job in mind already, and if you want hands-on work experience in that sector, they can be a good route into a career and further study. 


3) What do the levels mean?

Each level is equivalent to a qualification and some apprenticeships may also award diplomas.  

  • Intermediate (Level 2) = GCSE

  • Advanced (Level 3) = A Level  

  • Higher (Level 4,5,6,7) = Foundation degree and up

  • Degree (6,7) = Bachelor’s or master’s degree 


4) What’s the application process like

It depends what you're applying to. You might apply directly through a company's website, with help from your school or a careers coach, or you can search for apprenticeships via the government's website


Often, you'll need a CV and cover letter or to fill out an application form; the process might include interviews, tests, or assessment centres. If you want to know how to go through the application process, we have lots of guidance on our Instagram


5) What happens after an apprenticeship? 

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you can apply for a higher level apprenticeship, go into higher education, or apply for a job in the sector.  


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