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Overview of apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with studying.

As an apprentice you'll:

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have the equivalent educational levels as follows:

Type Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A Level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree or above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you're still at school, however to start one, you'll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.

  1. Search for an apprenticeship
  2. Sign in or create an account
  3. Complete and submit your application

The National Careers Service has advice on writing covering letters or creating a CV, and what to do in an interview.

If you don't get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship, you can ask for feedback from the employer. You can complain if you think you weren't successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.


Apprenticeship helpline
Phone: 0800 015 0400
Phone: 0247 682 6482

If you feel you're not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one. Information on traineeships can be found on the traineeships page.