Ever considered starting an Apprenticeship? There are lots of benefits for you if you do decide to take one up.

We’ve highlighted some of the main points:

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based programme that helps someone learn and develop the skills they require to do the job whilst working for an employer.Mechanic

There are different levels of Apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate – Level 2
  • Advanced – Level 3

A Level 2 Apprenticeship is equivalent to 5 GCSEs.

A Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.

During an Apprenticeship, as well as completing an NVQ the apprentice will take part in Functional Skills training to help improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

What are the benefits?

Here are some of the main benefits for the apprentice:

  • Gain industry training whilst on the job, putting the skills you learn straight into practice.
  • Acquire knowledge from industry experts.
  • Earn a wage while learning.
  • Build up skills within a company, in the ways that they want to train you.
  • Develop a career in the sector you want.

What is expected?

These are the main expectations of the apprentice during the course of the Apprenticeship.


An apprentice learns in the workplace and is expected to work to a Framework that is required by the employer and the National Curriculum. Some of the off the job training hours allocation will be spent by you to produce evidence for a portfolio. This is to demonstrate competence to a level that meets the national standard for that field. You will be required to log and diarise all your off job training.
The Apprenticeship Frameworks are transitioning to new Standards. Should you be undertaking one of these, there may not necessarily be a portfolio of units to complete. Instead you will undertake an End Point Assessment that will be conducted by an Independent Assessment Organisation. This may be a combination of observation, interview and test scenarios.

Other Information

Apprenticeships have their own National Minimum Wage, which is £3.70 (Increasing in October) for all ages in their first year. After completion of their first year apprentices aged 19 and over are then subject to the National Minimum Wage for their age group. Exact amounts can be found on the Government website using this link:

N.B. All statistics are taken from CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Further information on Apprenticeships can be found on these websites:


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