Apply for an apprenticeship
Anyone in England can apply for an apprenticeship if they’re:
- 16 or over
- eligible to work in England
- not in full-time education
First search for a vacancy on the Apprenticeships website, then register on the site and apply.
Apprenticeships take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on their level.
Work and study
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
- works alongside experienced staff
- gains job-specific skills
- earns a wage
- studies towards a related qualification (usually 1 day a week)
Levels of apprenticeship
There are 3 levels in England:
- Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
- Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
- Higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above or a Foundation Degree
Read more information on the levels of apprenticeships on the Apprenticeships website.
Apprenticeships can lead to:
- National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2,3,4 or 5
- Functional Skills qualifications, eg in maths, English or ICT
- a technical certificate, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award
- knowledge-based qualifications, such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Foundation degree