What is an apprenticeship?
You are employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification in your chosen area.
By the end of your apprenticeship you will have gained the necessary skills and knowledge to progress in your area of study.
You will gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship. You may be employed full time by you apprenticeship employer upon completion of your apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship leaflet [pdf document].
We offer Apprenticeship training in the areas listed below. Click each apprenticeship to find out more.
- Adult Care Worker (Level 2)
- Lead Adult Care Worker (Level 3)
- Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (Level 4)
- Leader in Adult Care (Level 5)
- Healthcare Support Worker (Level 2)
- Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Level 3)
Construction and Protective Services
- Carpentry and Joinery (Level 2)
- Wood Product Manufacturing Operative (Level 2)
- Advanced Carpentry and Joinery (Level 3)
Customer service and administration
General Apprenticeship information
Applying for an apprenticeship
Visit our Apprenticeship vacancies page for the latest apprenticeship vacancies.
There are four different levels of apprenticeship:
- Intermediate - equal to five grade 4 (or grade C) GCSE passes.
- Advanced - equal to two A-level passes.
- Higher - equal to the first stages of higher education, such as a foundation degree.
- Degree - comparable to a Bachelors or Masters degree.
Length of apprenticeships
Apprenticeship lengths vary depending on a number of factors:
- Intermediate apprenticeships - last between 1 year and 18 months
- Advanced apprenticeships - last between 18 months and 2 years
- Higher and degree apprenticeships - last between 3 and 6 years
You must be at least 16 years old. There's no upper age limit on being an apprentice.
National Apprenticeship Wage
You'll receive the National Apprenticeship Wage if:
- you're aged under 19 and an apprentice
- you're aged 19 or over and in the first year of your apprenticeship
National Minimum Wage
You'll receive the National Minimum Wage if you're aged 19 or over and have completed your first year of your apprenticeship.
For more information, see GOV.UK - Become an apprentice [external link].
If you need to make a complaint about your apprenticeship, the procedure is in the document below.
This procedure applies to:
- all apprentices
- all employers working with Learning & Skills
Apprenticeships complaints procedure [pdf document].
An overview of the qualification and progression routes of the apprenticeships.
- Education and Training (Teaching Assisting) [pdf document]
- Early Years Education[pdf document]
- Health and Social (Adult) Care[pdf document]
- Business Administration, Customer[pdf document]
- Service and Leadership and Management[pdf document]
- Carpentry and Joinery[pdf document]
- Motor Vehicle Mechanics[pdf document]
- Children and Young People[pdf document]