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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hroughout Volkswagen we have a rigorous commitment to quality and excellence. Our products are highly acclaimed, our processes for distribution and support services are world class and we have some of…

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Trade Parts Specialists (TPS) was the first trade operation to be owned and run by an automotive manufacturer – Volkswagen Group UK Limited. This means we can offer the ultimate Trade experience…

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We are a nursery for pre-school children, with an emphasis on high quality care and development. You need to be passionate about working with children in a setting where listening and communication…

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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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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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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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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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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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We are looking for a motivated apprentice to join a dynamic Software Company in a Product Implementation Consultant apprenticeship role. This is fantastic opportunity for someone who is interested in software…

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Employer description: We are an award winning scaffolding, access, & manufacturing specialist. With locations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Stoke, Denmark, Sweden, and interests in the USA and Australia,…

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If you have a genuine interest in the care sector, here is an opportunity to work with one of Scotland's leading Home and Support Living Service providers’ whist working towards your Business Administration…

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Employer description: This is a dynamic and innovative technology solutions provider. They are looking for a motivated and hardworking individual with a passion for IT to work within their busy Network…

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Employer description:  This is an independent renewable energy company, and they are looking for an ambitious and hardworking individual with a passion for IT to join their busy IT department within their…

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Employer description: Currently seeking a reliable and lively person with a willingness to learn and develop, to join a busy accounts office in Glasgow. They are a leading independent Forklift Truck Sales…

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Employer description:  Big Pond Digital specialise in Search Engine Optimisation and have a growing list of clients. Here is a fantastic opportunity to join an influential and market leading Marketing…

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We are currently seeking a professional, polite, and attentive person to join our devoted and highly respected organisation. Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland work across the country to provide a lifetime…

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within a well Established National Builders Merchants for a Digital Support Apprentice. Providing essential support, updating and maintaining old and new client databases…

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Through a period of apprenticeship and training, learn & develop the necessary skills, expertise and experience to provide assistance to the members of the Network Infrastructure team and ultimately…

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Currently seeking a well organized and IT saavy digital support apprentice to support the office of a well-established tyre supply company. We have a relatively small team in the office and duties will…

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Our client is currently seeking a hardworking individual to join their administration team as an apprentice. You will be working in a dynamic and fast paced environment which will require you to be focused,…

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