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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Employer description: MyLife Digital (“MLD”) provides a safe, secure and sovereign data platform, with the ability to undertake analysis of private data with the consent of the data owners,…

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You’ll do more than the expected. You’ll do the unexpected. Our Apprenticeship Programme has been designed to nurture our next generation of technical specialists and leaders.  We’ll…

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Employer description: Ridgeway 4x4 are a small family firm who have over 20 years’ experience in buying, selling, repairing and driving all makes and models of Land Rover. Due to previous…

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General Services 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…

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The Ask Italian Apprenticeship programme is a year long government recognised course that is open to Team Members who are looking to become future leaders in our business. We will help you to…

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An opportunity to develop your skills at one of the world’s leading digital archives. Given the increasing importance technology has in all our lives, we’re working to transform the way…

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Employer: Assured Group Limited  We are seeking a keen administration apprentice to support the administrator in our Fleet Services Company. Covering all aspects of administration and finance,…

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Employer: Revival Hair Design An Apprentice is required to work in very busy salon. They will be given excellent training and will be working with creative hairdressers. Daily duties:  Assisting…

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Employer description: MJ Hudson, the asset management consultancy, helps fund managers and fund investors operate more efficiently and invest more successfully.  Working with fund managers, investors and…

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An exciting opportunity is available at Fun House Day Nursery. An innovative day nursery offering full flexible day care and a support partnership for parents.   he nursery offers day care for…

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A fantastic opportunity to work in childcare working alongside the existing team, providing a high standard of care and education for children.  This is a beautifully done setting, which creates a…

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Employer description: We are an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. Our aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care…

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Mechanical Technician, Gas Transmission (Advanced Apprenticeship) Salary: £16,305 Locations Wooler Kirrimuir Peterborough Huntingdon Diss Chelmsford Aylesbury Churchover Wormington Warrington Closing…

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To provide support as required by the teacher within the learning environment, from Reception class to Year 6 class, by responding to the needs of the pupil and supporting children’s learning and…

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An exciting opportunity, working in a busy component recycling and assembling environment to ensure that stock is unloaded for processing, sorting, and packaging for customer’s requirements.    A…

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