What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are national work-based learning programmes leading to nationally recognised qualifications for individuals over the age of 16. Designed by Sector Skills Councils around the needs of employers, Apprenticeships help businesses to stay competitive by developing skilled employees. An Apprenticeship "framework" will typically comprise an NVQ, a Technical Certificate (knowledge based qualification, such as a BTEC) and Key Skills (or Functional Skills), such as Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
There are currently three levels of Apprenticeship:
- Apprenticeship at Level 2 (equivalent to five good GCSE passes) will typically last for at least one year and work towards an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and Technical Certificate.
- Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 (equivalent to two A Level passes) will typically last for at least two years and work towards an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and Technical Certificate. Eligible learners will ideally have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above or a Level 2 Apprenticeship.
- Higher Apprenticeships at Level 4 and 5 are currently being developed by the Sector Skills Councils. Will work towards NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a Technical Certificate such as a Foundation Degree. Access to Apprenticeships' allow learners to start to work towards an apprenticeship for up to six months if they have not yet found permanent employment. Learners will have access to work placements during this period to help them achieve part of their qualification, but they must be employed in a full time position at the end of six months in order to complete the qualification. Access to Apprenticeships are not available in every sector, but those which are offered are indicated below.
The following Apprenticeship Frameworks are currently delivered by the NOVA Partners and are regularly updated, so keep checking this site for updates: