An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on which one you choose, the level it is and your previous experience. Apprenticeships are funded from contributions made by the government and your employer. This means you will not have any student loans or tuition fees.

Apprenticeship Levels

Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level. 
Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE.

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.



Equivalent education level



A Level


4, 5, 6 and 7

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree


For TWGSB students the entry points for apprenticeships will most likely be post-16 (after GCSEs), or post-18 (after A Levels). As an apprentice you will:

•    learn and train for a specific job
•    get paid and receive holiday leave 
•    get hands-on experience in a real job
•    study for at least 20% of your working hours – usually at a college, university or with a training provider 
•    complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
•    be on a career path with lots of future potential

The information above comes from the government website. Further information can be found on the following links: