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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Cyberspace Communication Specialist (Unified Communication Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship). Our Cyberspace Communication Specialists are at the heart of everything we do, nothing starts…

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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 highly…

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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 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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Data Analyst’s collect, organise and study Data to provide valuable business insights. We’re looking for two new apprentices to join our HMRC account based in Telford to help us with this.…

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This role will be based at our client premises within London. Entry requirements for this role are 120 UCAS points (for qualifications achieved after 2017) or 300 UCAS points (for qualifications achieved…

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Thank you for your interest in joining Baker Perkins as an apprentice later this year. We offer successful applicants a comprehensive and carefully tailored training programme to become a qualified…

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Thank you for your interest in joining Baker Perkins as an apprentice later this year. We offer successful applicants a comprehensive and carefully tailored training programme to become a qualified…

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DSSL are a leading company in the security industry - working in the in the Greater London area (west, south and NW London area), Only the Head Office is in basildon you will not work in this area.  All…

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The successful candidate will care for the horses and facilities at the Equine Unit to maintain horse welfare, and assist in maintaining resources and equipment required

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Employer description: Gecko is a vibrant and dynamic company that provides a great environment for people to reach their true potential. We have a superb culture of promoting from within and rewarding…

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An opportunity to join our small team of gardeners on a private country estate with a very varied workload

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Apprentice working in schools for PE and sports clubs in Ipswich area

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Apprentice Dressage Groom for private competition yard in Colchester

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Trainee greenkeeper required. To join our experienced team, working outdoors on our 130 acre site. Full training and equipment provided. You will work to a NVQ level 2/3 in greenkeeping.

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You will learn the required Digital Client Services skills including: Work with the CRM and other databases. IT tools, such as MS Excel, & presentation software to collect, analyse and communicate…

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Employer description: Clearlink Telecoms and Data Ltd are currently seeking to employ an enthusiastic and technical minded individual who is able to provide effective and professional support to our clients…

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WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Programme within Unilever’s Customer Development (Sales)  function 18 months Kick start your career with a Business…

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Employer description: Here, you will be working for an expanding organisation who offer break/ fix repair services to commercial organisations and public sector bodies throughout the UK. Job overview:…

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