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An apprenticeship is a job that combines studying with on-the-job training. Your employment starts from the day that you begin your apprenticeship.

Benefits of an apprenticeship

  • gain a qualification and job-specific skills
  • earn a salary and get holiday pay

  • study time away from your job
  • no student loans or tuition fees
  • hands-on training in a real working environment
  • varied learning experience

Levels of apprenticeships

  • Intermediate (level two), equal to five GCSE passes at grades A* –C or 9–4
  • Advanced (level three), equal to two A-Level passes or a Level 3 Diploma or the International Baccleureate

  • Higher (levels four, five, six and seven), equal to Foundation degree and above
  • Degree (levels six and seven), equal to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Entry requirements

The entry requirements vary depending on the level of apprenticeship you apply for. Details are included in the vacancy details.

For full information on apprenticeships visit the GOV.UK website.

Applying for an apprenticeship

Initial application

Apprenticeship posts will include information about how to apply. This may include an application form or submission of a CV and cover letter.

Interview stage

If your application is successful, you will be invited to interview. This could be face to face, by telephone or through a video conferencing system.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will be informed (usually by email or letter). You can ask for feedback to help you improve future applications.


You may also have to complete some tests before attending an interview.