Trying to get your head around what an apprenticeship actually is?


Put simply, an apprenticeship is a job with training. That training takes place both at work, where you will spend most of your week, and usually at college for typically one day a week.

At work, you will receive training from your employer, as well as gaining valuable industry experience. At College you will learn theory, and have the chance to practice your practical skills before applying them in the workplace for real!

The College provides fantastic support at every step of your apprenticeship journey - whether that's by working closely with your employer to make sure you are getting the training you need, or through your personal training co-ordinator helping you to stay on track.

Anyone aged 16 or over can start an apprenticeship - we've helped apprentices of all ages, whether you're just leaving school or an adult looking to retrain in a new career.

You can take a look at the different apprenticeship levels, our latest apprenticeship vacancies, and lots more below:


An Intermediate Apprenticeship is the same as five good GCSEs. Apprentices work towards vocational qualifications at Level 2, such as BTEC certificates and diplomas.

Qualifications combined with the skills learnt in the workplace allow apprentices to progress into full work or an Advanced Apprenticeship.

If you're looking to do an Advanced Apprenticeship, these are equivalent to two A Levels. As with the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you will undertake vocational qualifications while also learning valuable skills directly from employment.

Degree Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular, as your employer will provide extensive training to develop your skills in the workplace, and will cover the costs of your study - including the cost of a university degree! If you are not sure about leaving home to go to University, or already have significant experience at work, then these apprenticeships could be perfect for you.

You'll study for your degree at College, but it's validated by our partnership universities, meaning that your degree certificate will have either Oxford Brookes University or Middlesex University listed as your university.

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