What Is An Apprenticeship?

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An apprenticeship is a job where you learn in the work setting, gain experience, develop new skills whilst getting paid and receiving all the benefits of an employed member of staff.

What are the different levels of an apprenticeship?

Each apprenticeship has an identified level which is equivalent to an education level as illustrated below:

level 1
level 2
level 3
level 4
level 5

Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may:

  • require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE
  • give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level

At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.

To become an apprentice you must

  • be aged 16 or over
  • not be in full time education
  • live in England

When can I start an apprentice?

You can start an apprenticeship at any point in the year, a time that works well for you, your employer and the identified training provider.

What will I have to do?

You will need to:

  • gain the knowledge to be effective in a specific job
  • develop new skills that are specific to the role
  • develop and demonstrate the behaviours required to ensure that you are effective in the role and are able to contribute and follow working practices.
  • get hands-on experience in a real job
  • study and train for at least 20% of your working hours
  • complete assessments and activities to demonstrate your progress and new skill development throughout the length of the apprenticeship journey -this includes targeting setting to achieve high grades
  • demonstrate English and maths development (this may include achieving a Functional Skills qualification)
  • complete timely progress reviews and action plans with your skills coach and line manager
  • contribute to a gateway discussion – to determine if you are ready to complete the End Point Assessment element of the Apprenticeship Standard
  • complete the end point assessment activity
  • be on a career path with lots of future opportunities and potential
  • celebrate your achievement and success!

Thanks again,



Sean McPheat

Managing Director

MTD Training   

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Updated on: 14 December, 2020

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