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The National Apprenticeship Helpline

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Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name - Intermediate, Level - 2, Equivalent educational level - GCSE
Name - Advanced, Level- 3,  Equivalent educational level - A level
Name - Higher, Level - 4,5,6 and 7, Equivalent educational level- Foundation degree and above
Name - Degree, Level - 6 and 7, Equivalent educational level - Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.

Who can apply

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

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • 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 applications and what to do at interviews.

If you’re unsuccessful

You can ask for feedback if you do not get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.

You can complain if you think you were not successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.

Apprenticeship helpline
nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk
Telephone: 0800 015 0400
8am to 10pm, 7 days a week
Find out about call charges

If you need more experience

If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one.

Who to contact

Name
Apprenticeship helpline
Telephone
0800 015 0400
Email
nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk

Other Details

Age Suitability

Age Range
From 16 years, 0 months

Disclaimer

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations