Apprenticeships have recently undergone a considerable
makeover and are becoming an increasingly popular and
credible route into successful careers. They enable young
people like you to work in paid employment whilst training
in a specific job role and gaining qualifications at an
Progression through the various levels is possible, with Level
4 being broadly equivalent to a foundation degree. Their
strength is in enabling the apprentice to develop practical
skills as well as understand the principles underpinning their
work. Work contracts are usually for the duration of the
Apprenticeship and should be for at least a year.
Engineering Apprenticeships allow for ‘on the job’ training
in a particular field of engineering, whilst studying for a
qualification and earning money.
Currently, there are 3 strands of the apprenticeship that must
be completed in order to achieve. Whilst at work, assessments
are carried out based on the apprentices’ job role to prove their
Alongside work, apprentices are also expected to complete a
qualification- at an appropriate level - to allow them to develop
knowledge to underpin their job role. The third strand can
sometimes be achieved prior to beginning an Apprenticeship.
It is necessary for all apprentices to have evidence of suitable
qualifications in English, maths and ICT, at the appropriate level.
If an apprentice has not already achieved this, Functional Skills
qualifications in English, maths and ICT, at the appropriate level,
can be completed.