Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a way of combining working with studying. During a typical apprenticeship a student would work for a company but also go to college to study a related subject. You would be supported by an experienced member of the staff who will teach you the hands-on skills you need.

Over a period of between 1 to 3 years, an apprenticeship allows you to combine earning and learning and you would finish the course with an NVQ (or a BTEC or City & Guilds). Normal apprenticeships would result in a level 2 NVQ (roughly the same as doing 5 GCSEs) and Advanced Apprenticeships result in a Level 3 (about the same as 2 A-levels). The Higher Apprenticeship incorporates a work-based learning programme and leads to qualifications at Level 4 and above, where Level 4s and 5 are equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree, Level 6 is equivalent to a bachelor degree and Level 7 is equivalent to a master’s degree.

Whatever the type or level of apprenticeship taken, each one is defined by its own 'apprenticeship framework'. These came into being in 1994 following a government-led re-organisation of how apprenticeships were taught and managed. These frameworks were overseen by the Sector Skills Council and initially counted over 150 in total. In the following years the number expanded considerably, drawing in more providers outside of the traditional manufacturing and guilds-based sectors and by 2009 the list had expanded to over 190. Although there were now more options to choose from (210 in total in November 2014) there was some concern from various bodies and employers groups that there were gaps in the supply of apprenticeships to adequately meet the needs of a modern economy, so following the Richards Review of 2012 and a change in funding arrangements it is anticipated that Apprenticeship Standards will replace all frameworks by 2017. It is expected that up to 3 million Apprenticeships will be delivered via the Apprenticeship Levy by 2020.

Until that time, you can still be sure that an apprenticeship is a highly valued and rigorous qualification which is highly sought after by hiring companies and institutions. So see what you can find in our pages and start your journey to a fulfilling career.

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As a Royal Air Force Weapons Technician you will be responsible for arming our aircraft with weapons. You will also make sure all the weapons management and release systems are in full working order. Most…

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A Royal Air Force Survival Equipment Specialists fits and repairs the equipment that saves our personnel’s lives. They specialise in either Survival Equipment – fitted to aircraft – or…

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As a Royal Air Force Fabricator, Welder and Machinist (RAF General Technician Workshops) you will repair and even make essential parts needed for our aircraft, vehicles and equipment. It’s a highly…

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As a Communications Infrastructure Technician you will work with the RAF’s communications hardware such as radio masts, power cables, fibre optic cables and antennae. You might install data communications…

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As a Royal Air Force Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician, you could maintain a range of plant equipment used in support of aircraft and air operations as well as Airfield and Combat…

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As a field engineer within our Enterprise (business customer) division, you will be responsible for various locations (internal and external customers) to carry out repairs of laptops, desktops & printers,…

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As an Electronics Engineer apprentice you’ll join a team that supports and maintains our internal network within our telephone exchanges, radio stations and data centres. You will: Maintain…

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Christchurch Kindergarten Children's Nursery has been established in Harrow since 1970. It is a friendly private Kindergarten, providing quality pre-school education within a welcoming, safe and caring…

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Our control teams are an important part of our business. This is a desk-based role that includes making sure our people stay safe, and scheduling our engineers’ tasks. Working in the control area…

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Employer: K Shoker We are an experienced apprenticeship training practice. The last two apprentices have remained to take on permanent roles in the practice. Lots of support provided. The apprentice…

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Christchurch Kindergarten Children's Nursery has been established in Harrow since 1970. It is a friendly private Kindergarten, providing quality pre-school education within a welcoming, safe and caring…

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  Everything in a telephone exchange needs power, and as a Power Planning Engineer apprentice you will find the space and capacity for new equipment and upgrades to existing telephone exchanges…

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Employer description: We provide security and risk management services, enabling clients to live the lifestyle they choose without fear of personal safety. We have established a strong company based on…

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Working as a Power Engineer you’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed to work safely on the electrical and mechanical power systems that provide power to BT’s large network. You could…

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Established in 1984 the first Montessori in Ruislip for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. This is a family run nursery based in Ruislip Gardens with the aim to provide children with the…

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As a higher apprentice you’ll be working in Mobile Delivery where you’ll be responsible for providing a quality end-to-end service for all UK Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s), EE, 3UK,…

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Employer: NashWhite Hairdressing NashWhite will take apprentices through all aspects of hairdressing giving them a thorough understanding of the trade. Roles start with learning the basics but…

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Customer Experience is the heartbeat of our business and if you join us, you will be too. Customers are at the core of everything we do and delivering outstanding customer service is our number one priority,…

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