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As a student still in full time education it can be daunting thinking about the world outside of your school. For those who don’t want to go to university the idea of work and finding a job can be even scarier. There are so many more options available than you might think. An apprenticeship is one of those options.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job that combines practical training in the workplace with study of a certain subject.

As an apprentice you get to:

  • work alongside experienced staff in your subject area
  • gain job specific skills
  • earn a wage and get paid for your holiday
  • have time to study for your qualification


What level of apprenticeships are there?

All apprenticeships include elements of study. This is carried out through on and off the job training that leads to industry recognised qualifications. Some apprenticeships are based purely on the on/off the job training whereas some also require and assessment at the end of the programme.

The level of apprentice you complete relates to a level of education as shown below. The level of apprenticeship also dictates how long your apprenticeship lasts e.g. 2 years.

NameLevelEquivalent education level
Intermediate25 GCSE passes at grade A* to C or 9-4
Advanced32 A level passes / Level 3 Diploma
Higher4, 5, 6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree


What sort of apprenticeship should I do?

You can start an apprenticeship at any level. The level you start at usually depends on your existing qualifications and your work experience. Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship you may be able to progress on to the next level and build your knowledge and experience even further.

If you are unsure about what apprenticeship to apply for you can find lots of information on the apprenticeships.gov website, National Careers Service website and the National Apprenticeship Service YouTube channel.

Alternatively, talk to your careers advisors at school, visit your local training providers/colleges or visit local businesses to find out about the apprenticeships available in your local area.

Looking for an apprenticeship in Peterborough? Visit City College Peterborough to find our more.


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