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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The Royal Air Force (RAF) polices the skies, protecting the UK from threats at home while peacekeeping abroad. Our full and spare-time roles offer skills for life, and a chance to play a part in operations…

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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 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…

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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.…

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As a Royal Air Force Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) you will be responsible for the mechanics of the RAF’s aircraft, from the small components such as flying controls right up the whole airframe…

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As a Royal Air Force aircraft engineering specialist, Aircraft Technicians (Avionics) carry out maintenance and repair work on the sophisticated electronic and avionic on board RAF aircraft such as: •…

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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 –…

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As a Royal Air Force Electrician, you will work on a range of equipment including domestic and Aircraft power generators, air conditioning units, medical and dental specialist equipment, X-ray security…

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

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Do you have: ENERGY? ENTHUSIASM WILLINGNESS TO LEARN? ABILITY TO TAKE FEEDBACK? PROPENSITY TO TAKE ACTION?   We call this #EEWAP, and if you are full of #EEWAP then an apprenticeship…

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Ever wondered why pharmaceutical products are packaged as they are? The answer is an intriguing mix of science and engineering! Our multi-skilled packaging engineering apprenticeship programme combines…

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Employer: Home Office Location: Sheffield Starting salary: £15,000   This is a fantastic opportunity to earn whilst you develop your skills and knowledge. Working for one of the…

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Employer: Home Office Location: Croydon Starting salary: £18,000   This is a fantastic opportunity to earn whilst you develop your skills and knowledge. Working for one of the largest…

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HelpDesk Heroes is a business IT support company that works with clients in and around London ranging from small to medium size companies. This support ranges from installation and configuration of servers…

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A fantastic opportunity to start your career in this fast paced industry working front of house at The Hammer & Pincers. You will be trained in all aspects of front of house, no experience is need…

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Vacancy Overview: We have an exciting opportunity for an apprentice to join our team. Working Week: 40 hours a week inc. week days, weekends and evenings. Weekly Wage: £140.00 Detailed…

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A chance is available to join the Servest team at Angel Hill as a catering apprentice.

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A chance has arisen o join the team a Parkdean as a Business Administration Apprentice.

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Nursery team at Papermoon Day Nursery based in Gamston, Nottinghamshire.

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A chance has arisen to join the team at Parkdean as a Business Administration Apprentice.

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