Moving on



An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between 1 and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience.

Levels of an Apprenticeship

Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level, however, we encourage our students to aim for Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.

Level Equivalent education level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an exciting option – you get hands-on training and also the chance to put your skills into practice.

You also do not have to pay any tuition fees or acquire student loans, and you will earn a wage throughout.

What should I look for?

Apprenticeships are being developed and approved all the time, so you can choose the right apprenticeship training for your interests.

When looking for an apprenticeship, make sure you:

  • select the right training to suit your interests
  • think about the level and duration of the training
  • discuss your expectations with the training provider

Don’t accept training because it’s the only apprenticeship available at the time.


Please read our helpful Parent Pack from Amazing Apprenticeships which will be of use when supporting your child’s search and application.

Parent Pack

Please watch our helpful live event recording, using the link below, which took place earlier this year and focused on introducing apprenticeships to parents. The Parent Pack below is also of great use when supporting your child’s search and application.

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