Information for employers

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a Government-sponsored programme that allows individuals to gain valuable skills and qualifications whilst at work.

Apprenticeships are available at 3 levels:

Intermediate Level 2: equivalent to 5 A-C GSCE’s

Advanced Level 3: equivalent to 2 A Levels

Higher level 4/5: equivalent to a foundation degree

All apprenticeships contain the following elements:

  • A competency-based NVQ
  • A technical knowledge certificate to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts
  • Functional skills e.g. Maths and English
  • In most cases an apprenticeship is full time, working at least 30 hours per week.