What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of gaining on and off-the-job training, earning money and learning skills for life, all at the same time. With so many people applying for jobs nowadays, businesses are always looking for people with real experience – with an apprenticeship you get that experience while you learn.

So what is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job, with hands-on experience specialised to your chosen career, a salary, and the chance to train while you work. You are treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave too.


Our Apprenticeship Standards are designed with the help of employers in the industry to ensure relevant training and knowledge is integrated. Your training will include the skills for the industry, enable you to perform in your job and increase your employability skills.


We have a wide choice of apprenticeships for you to choose from, from Hairdressing to Administration or even Engineering, and we are always adding more career areas. Whatever career you are looking for, an apprenticeship could be just for you. 

Entry Requirements:

Most occupations require a minimum of grade 4 or a C in English, Maths and ICT. But this can vary from apprenticeship to apprenticeship. Some occupations within the Engineering sector will require Science at a minimum of grade 4 or C and a grade 5 or B in Maths.


If you have not previously obtained the minimum requirements as stated above, it will be reviewed on a one-to-one basis by our Learner Engagement Team. It may be that you’re able to undertake Functional Skills alongside your Apprenticeship Standard.


A Vocational Assessment may have to be taken and passed for some apprenticeships before acceptance onto the programme. In some cases, learners will need to be successful at an employer interview to be accepted onto the apprenticeship as well as completing an assessment beforehand. 

Please telephone 0800 012 6656 to enquire about specific entry requirements for our Apprenticeship Standards. 

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