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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an integrated programme of on and off-the-job learning which enable learners (aged 16 and above) to gain and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding required by employers in a particular sector.

They aim to give learners the opportunity to:

  • Achieve nationally recognised, work-based qualifications.
  • Learn the required knowledge and skills for their chosen job, whilst earning a wage.
  • Gain valuable experience, working alongside experienced staff. 

Apprenticeship programmes are an important route for new recruits to develop skills for employment. They are government-funded programmes of structured on and off-the-job training that enable employers to develop appropriately skilled staff.

Apprenticeships are available at 3 levels:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships – these will include core qualifications at Level 2, plus additional qualifications such as Functional/Key Skills, etc.  They can support progression towards Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships – these will include core qualifications at Level 3, plus additional qualifications such as Functional/Key Skills, etc.  They can support progression towards learning at higher levels, including Higher Apprenticeships.
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships – these will include core qualifications at Level 4 and above, in some cases Foundation Degrees.

From April 2011, new requirements for Apprenticeships came into effect.  These webpages have been amended to reflect these changes and make things easier to find. The new framework and relevant information is contained on the SASE compliant Framework  pages and information and resources for past frameworks can be found in the other pages under the appropriate date ranges.

For more information on Apprenticeships, please visit the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website.

 

Page updated: 1 August 2011

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