What is an Apprenticeship?
What types of apprenticeship are available?
The government has asked employers in each sector to review the content of apprenticeships for their industries and occupations, and these new, revised apprenticeships, are known as Apprenticeship Standards.
County Training offers a mixture of both Apprenticeship Standards and standalone vocational qualifications depending on the sector in question and the availability of new Standards for that sector. We will advise you on the most appropriate qualification as part of our interview and selection process.
What levels of apprenticeship are available?
There are three levels of apprenticeships available for those aged 16 and over and living, working or studying in England.
- Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes)
Intermediate Apprenticeships involve the development and assessment of skills and knowledge at Level 2 (relevant to the occupational sector or job role), and as defined by the Framework or Standard. Achievement of an Intermediate Apprenticeship may allow progression onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.
To start an Intermediate Apprenticeship, the applicant should ideally have 5 GCSEs (grade E/grade 2 or above).
- Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A Level passes)
Advanced apprenticeships involve the development and assessment of skills and knowledge at Level 3 (relevant to the occupational sector or job role), and as defined by the Framework or Standard. Achievement of an Advanced Apprenticeship may allow progression onto a Higher Apprenticeship.
To start an Advanced Apprenticeship, the applicant should ideally have five good GCSEs (grade C/grade 4 or above) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.
- Higher & Degree Apprenticeships
Higher & Degree Apprenticeships involve the development and assessment of skills and knowledge at Level 4 or above (relevant to the occupational sector or job role), and as defined by the Framework or Standard. Higher Apprenticeships at Level 4 and 5 can allow progression on to university degrees, and Degree Apprenticeships are also now becoming widely available in most sectors.
To start a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship, the applicant should ideally have a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification or three good A Levels or have completed a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship.
How long is an apprenticeship?
The minimum length of an apprenticeship is 12 months, but some apprenticeships will be designed to last two, three or four years. This will depend on the Standard being followed, the level of apprenticeship, the specific occupational area/sector and the prior skill levels of the apprentice.
Once you start your apprenticeship you will be taken through an induction programme which will guide you through your training and the contents of your apprenticeship, including the studying of any formal qualifications. It is our aim to help and advise you throughout your apprenticeship. Our team will help to make the process as painless as possible.
How Much Will I Be Paid?
The minimum wage for an apprentice is set by government and reviewed annually. The current minimum wage for apprentices can be found under https://www.gov.uk/become-apprentice/pay-and-conditions
This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year; some employers choose to pay apprentices at a higher rate. If you are already in employment you will usually remain on your current wage.
What can I do after I complete my apprenticeship?
There are a number of routes that you can take after an apprenticeship. You can use the skills that you have developed to carry on in employment. You can also continue with the apprenticeship scheme to progress to the next level of apprenticeship, such as an Advanced Apprenticeship or a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship.