This year is the 17th anniversary of National Apprenticeships Week: a week dedicated to raising awareness of the many benefits of following apprenticeship routes into employment once students leave education. You can find out more by searching for #NAW24 from 5th to 11th February 2024.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an option for many students to gain valuable experience by combining paid work with off-the-job training, which will lead to nationally recognised qualifications. A wide range of apprenticeships in many different fields are available to people over the age of 16. Apprenticeships are offered at different levels, depending on experience and prior qualifications:
- Intermediate Apprenticeships are Level 2, which is the equivalent of GCSE level.
- Advanced Apprenticeships are Level 3, the equivalent of A level.
- Higher Apprenticeships range between Levels 4 to 7, which can be Foundation Degree equivalent or above.
- Degree Apprenticeships are Level 6 or 7, and are equivalent to Bachelor's or Master's Degrees
More information about Apprenticeships can be found on the government website.
What is available to me?
A whole host of Apprenticeships are available across the country, with many large corporations offering Higher and Degree apprenticeships for those of our students currently in 6th form. A list of current vacancies can be found here.