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An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training, where the apprentice is guaranteed a minimum salary linked to their age.  Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and are available at all academic levels in a variety of sectors such as Health, Engineering, IT, Accountancy and over 1500 other occupations.

Apprenticeships break into 4 types:

Intermediate Level: offers GCSE (level 2) equivalent qualifications

Advanced Level: offers A Level (level 3) equivalent qualifications

Higher Level: offers level 4+ equivalent qualifications

Degree Level: offers Degree (level 6-7) equivalent qualifications

The benefits of doing an Apprenticeship are that students will not have the expense of university fees and cost of living, but will have a salary and paid holiday as an employee.  They will undergo tailored training to suit the sectors requirements and this will open them up to a vast array of opportunities, whether to study further or progress in the workplace.

Students should carefully consider the pros and cons of both University and Apprenticeships before making their decision.



The 15th annual week long celebration of apprenticeships takes place from the 7th to 13th February 2022.  This week brings together the entire apprenticeship community to celebrate everything that is amazing about apprenticeships.

Use the links below to discover more about the schemes, becoming an apprentice and how to look for opportunities in your area.

NAW2022 - Amazing Apprenticeships