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What is an Apprenticeship?


Quite simply an apprenticeship is a job with training. Apprentices are 16 years of age and over and combine studying for a qualification whist working. An apprentice can be a new member of staff or current employees.

Apprenticehip Standards

Under the Apprenticeship Reforms, Apprenticeship Standards are replacing Apprenticeship Frameworks. While some of the new standards are available for delivery, there are still many in production so there will be a crossover period between standard and framework delivery.

An Apprenticeship Standard includes:

  • On the job training
  • 20% off the job training
  • English and Maths
  • An end point assessment

Apprentices will be taught, and will need to demonstrate they have the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours associated with the qualification. 

Apprenticeship framework

All apprenticeship programmes (frameworks) are linked to the specific job role or occupation the apprentice is employed in. There are three levels of apprenticeships available:

Intermediate Level (Level 2)

Advanced Level (Level 3)

Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 or above)

A typical framework for each level includes:

  • A nationally recognised vocational qualification
  • Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • A technical certificate such as a Diploma
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Find more information about apprenticeship frameworks we offer in the Apprenticeship Programmes section. 

Duration of an Apprenticeship

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on prior skill levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. However the minimum duration for an apprenticeship is 12 months, but an apprentice undertaking an advanced or higher apprenticeship could take 2 years or longer.


Apprentices must be fully employed when they start their apprenticeship. Employers are responsible for paying the apprentice’s wages and for providing both a Contract of Employment and an Apprenticeship Agreement. 

Employing an apprentice is easy and we've put step by step guide to show you through the process. 

If you'd like to find out more you can request to meet one of our Account Managers. 

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