What Is An Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are training schemes that allow people to become qualified on-the-job, while earning real pay. Below we will look at the different apprenticeships that are available, and how to apply for one.

There are lots of different types of apprenticeships. Some are at a higher qualification level than others, but everyone achieves the same goal of gaining skills and qualifications that you may not get from university!

What Sectors Offer Apprenticeships?

The different sectors which offer apprenticeships include:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

  • Arts, Media and Publishing

  • Business, Administration and Law

  • Construction, Planning and The Built Environment

  • Education and Training

  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

  • Health, Public Services and Care

  • Information and Communication Technology

  • Leisure, Travel and Tourism

  • Financial Services

  • Public Relations

  • Retail and Commercial Enterprises

  • Traffic Office


Types of Apprenticeships

The different types, levels and equivalents are given below:

  • Pre-Apprenticeships:
    Level 1
  • Access to Apprenticeships:
    Level 1
  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships:
    Level 2, equivalent to GCSE level
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships:
    Level 3, equivalent to A level
  • Higher Apprenticeships:
    Level 4, 5, 6 and 7, equivalent to foundation degrees and above
  • Degree Apprenticeships:
    Level 6 and 7, equivalent to a Bachelor’s or master’s degree

These apprenticeships range in experience, qualifications and age. For example, an applicant will need to have the right A Levels to do a degree course but they can access an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship with just GCSE’s.


Top Tips for applying for an Apprenticeship: 

  • Research thoroughly: 
    Applicants should research the company and the vacancy to make sure that it is the right apprenticeship for them. Contact the company to ask some more in-depth questions about the role

  • Look at your CV:
    Make sure that the CV is the up to date with qualifications, experience and contact details. No CV? – don’t worry, there are lots of templates and websites that can help

  • Make application eye-catching: If the application is not relevant and the company’s terms have not been used, then it will not look personal and may look rushed

  • Spellcheck application: This is really important – applications can be declined if there are spelling or grammar errors!  Read everything on the application and maybe get a friend or relative to also look through the application to see if there is anything that has been missed.


How Do I Apply?

  • If an applicant is interested in becoming an apprentice, then great! It is an excellent alternative to traditional routes.
  • They could apply through the website, recruitment websites, their local college or the employer that they want to work for.
  • This is the usual route of how your application will be processed:
  • After completion of application, it will be sent directly to the employer or the college/university
  • The applications will then be shortlisted and the people who did not get through will be contacted
  • The shortlisted applicants may be invited to a preparation event at a training centre. This will include a short test on Maths and English if an applicant has not got GCSE’s in these subjects. If an applicant has got proof of GCSE’s then they can take photo-copy to the training centre
  • A short interview with an assessor will then be conducted to see if an applicant is right for the role – This is normally very informal
  • When the event has finished, the assessor will give some feedback and then send the application to the employer
  • The employer will then look at the applications and see whether they want to interview

There is also some videos on Youtube of Apprentice’s stories you can view them by clicking here