APPRENTICESHIPS are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training.
There are over 85,000 employers offering apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations in the country, and there are almost 200 apprenticeships suitable for hundreds of job roles.
There are three levels of apprenticeship available:
l Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Intermediate apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC.
These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an advanced level apprenticeship.
l Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Advanced level apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC.
To start this programme, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship.
l Higher Apprenticeships
Higher apprenticeships work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a foundation degree.