What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job with training that allows a young person to earn while they learn, while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and are a way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience at the same time.
There are a wide range of apprenticeships from administration through to engineering. Once the apprenticeship has finished, there’s the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.
The National Apprenticeship Service is working with UCAS to extend this system so that more qualifications gained during an apprenticeship count towards an individual’s university application.
Who is eligible?
Anyone in England can apply for an apprenticeship if they are:
- 16 (school leaver) or over
- eligible to work in England
- not in full-time education
What level of apprenticeship can I apply for?
There are three 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
How can I find an apprenticeship?
To find current apprencticeships you can go the the Government's website: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
You can search for current opportunities, but if you want further information or want to apply for an apprenticeship, you must create an account. This will allow you to:
- apply for apprenticeships
- get email and text alerts about new apprenticeships and your applications
- track your applications
Offers a range of services and support to a membership network of work-based learning providers. Steering best practice, they provide a structure for collaborative work between our members and offer links with other agencies operating in the work-based learning sector.
The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Apprenticeship Hub is a collaborative group, responsible to the LCR Employment and Skills Board. The hub aims to increase the awareness of, the number of and the quality of apprenticeships available to residents of the region by supporting and co-ordinating apprenticeship activities to make apprenticeships work for businesses and young people.