An apprenticeship is a type of job training program that combines on-the-job training with more formal training, usually through a college, university or with a training provider. It is a way for individuals to learn through hands-on experience, while also earning a wage. 

At least 20% of your time is set aside for learning, usually at a college, university or training provider. The rest of your time is spent applying that knowledge and skills in an actual workplace.

Apprenticeships are assigned a level, where the levels are equivalent to:

  • 2 (Intermediate): GCSEs
  • 3 (Advanced): A Levels
  • 4 (Higher): Foundation degree
  • 5 (Higher): Foundation degree/first year of bachelor’s degree
  • 6 (Degree): Bachelor’s degree
  • 7 (Degree): Master’s degree

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