Apprenticeships in England

Apprenticeships provide training for specific jobs, if you think you already know what career you want to pursue. They provide training, but also allow you to develop skills and gain qualifications on the job and you get paid at the same time, so that you literally earn while you learn.


Which subjects are available?

There are more than 180 Apprenticeships available across more than 80 industry sectors. They include accountancy, business administration, construction, engineering, manufacturing and many more.

How long do they take?

Most Apprenticeships take between one and two years to complete, though some take up to five. How long it takes will depend on the profession you choose, your level of ability and your employer’s needs.

Entry requirements and levels

To qualify for an Apprenticeship, you need to be:

  • Living in England
  • Not in full-time education

There are no fixed entry requirements. However, for some more technical Apprenticeships you may need GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent in Maths, English and Science.

If your application is successful, you’ll be offered either an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship.

What can they lead to?

Which type of Apprenticeship you’re offered will depend on the skills, experience and qualifications you already have.

Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships can lead to:

  • A National Vocational Qualification ( NVQ) at Level 2 or Level 3
  • Key Skills qualifications like problem solving and using technology
  • A Technical Certificate such as BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award (in most cases)
  • Other qualifications needed for particular occupations.

The qualifications you gain as an apprentice can also help you get into higher education.

Find out more from the free National Apprenticeships helpline: 0800 150 600 or look on the Direct Gov website.

Understanding Apprenticeships

Watch the video in this link from Careersbox to help you to increase your understanding of apprenticeships, and find out about the benefits they offer.