What is an Apprentice?
Apprenticeships are training programmes that combine workplace experience with off the job learning. The apprentice will be learning and gaining experience ‘on the job’ alongside off the job activities, such as assessments, research, personal reflection and more formal classroom activities.
Typically, for someone in full time employment, an apprenticeship would entail 80% normal work and 20% ‘off the job’ training. In other words 4 days at work and 1 day training.
There are different levels of apprenticeship from intermediate (level 2); advanced (level 3); to higher (level 4, 5) and degree levels (level 6, 7). Level 2 is usually 12 – 18 months; Level 3 is usually 18 – 48 months and Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 are usually 24+ months in length.
Anyone over the age of 16, who is not in full time education, can apply to be an apprentice, but anyone can start an apprenticeship at any point in their life, whatever their age, background or career level.
Many apprenticeship programmes require learners to have a minimum of level 2 functional skills in at least Maths and English (some standards require additional entry requirements or subjects). Sometimes these can be achieved while on the apprenticeship programme, however some apprenticeships or providers require this before starting. Support on functional skills can be found here.
You can read more about this on the gov.uk website here or for further information about apprentice, trainee and cadet schemes take a look at the NHS Careers Website
Off the Job training flowchart
Off the Job training, Myths vs Facts
Functional Skills and exams