What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job with substantial training and the development of transferable skills. It is a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn, gaining real skills and knowledge and a real future.

Hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England, and can last anything from 12 months to 5 years.

Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 occupations, across 170 industries, so we make sure that every apprenticeship is relevant and appropriate both for the apprentice and the business.

Types of Apprenticeship

There are various levels of apprenticeship available:

Intermediate apprenticeship
(Level 2 – equivalent to five A*-C GCSEs)

Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3 – equivalent to two A-levels)

Higher Apprenticeships
(Levels 4-7 – equivalent to a foundation degree and above)

Degree apprenticeship
(Levels 6 & 7 – full bachelors or master’s degree)

Click here for further information on Higher & Degree apprenticeships.

Traineeships
 A separate education and training programme with work experience helping prepare young people to secure an apprenticeship or other job. You can read more about Traineeships here.

Who can complete an Apprenticeship?

In order to complete an apprenticeship you must comply with the following criteria:

  • Be over 16 at the start of the programme.
  • Have been living in the UK/EU for three years before you start your apprenticeship.
  • Have completed year 11 at school and not already be on a full time course.
  • Meet the entry requirements for the Apprenticeships chosen (this is assessed as part of the interview process and will ensure that you have the ability and aptitude to complete the programme at the level required).
  • Have an employer who will pay you as an apprentice and offer you no less than 30 hours a week work.

If you are 24 or over and applying for an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship, you may be eligible for a government backed 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help towards the costs for your course fees.

What you can expect from an Apprenticeship

The team here at Petroc will work closely with you to ensure that the apprenticeship offered is the most appropriate for the individual’s job role, whilst reflecting individual employer and learner needs. Most of the training is on-the-job, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace.

Off-the-job training will depend on the occupational area, the training organisation and the requirements and wishes of the employer. The training may be delivered in the workplace, through ‘day release’ or at premises away from the working environment. With degree apprenticeships learners will achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship programme.

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be competent in all the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to undertake a full range of duties appropriate to the job. They must also perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by the industry.

Employment is a fundamental part of an apprenticeship. An apprentice must be employed in a job role with a productive purpose.