What is an apprenticeship?
It is a job with training. An apprentice has a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst working and earning a wage.
There are three types of Apprenticeships:
- Foundation Apprenticeship
- Advanced Apprenticeship
- Higher Apprenticeship
There are over 280 types of apprenticeships available, suitable for hundreds of different job roles in approximately 170 different industries. From Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools to Childcare, Horticulture to Hairdressing, Business Administration to Electrical Engineering.
An apprenticeship framework is made up of THREE component parts:
- The main aim – this is a substantial qualification, used to support the apprentice gain practical and theoretical knowledge in their occupational area
- Functional Skills or GCSE`s in English and Maths and ICT – apprentices who have already gained at least a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics are not required to re-sit. Most, but not all, apprenticeship frameworks require Functional Skills in ICT.
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities, whereby apprentices learn what is expected of them as an employee and what they can expect from their employer.
Most young people start on a Foundation Level Apprenticeship, this involves study at Level 2. Apprentices can then progress to an Advanced Level Apprenticeship which involves study at Level 3, roughly equivalent to “A” Level standard. It is possible for suitable candidates to enrol on an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, without first completing an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship Programme.