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What is an apprenticeship?


Apprenticeships refer to on-the-job training leading to nationally-recognised qualifications developed by industry.

An apprenticeship framework is made up of qualifications gained in the workplace and at college, which include: a knowledge based element, a competence based element and functional skills.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, so the majority of the training is ‘on the job’ and takes place at work, but most apprentices attend 1 day per week at college. The length of an apprenticeship can vary between 1 and 4 years depending on the level and type of course.

There are three types of apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (Level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 or above).

What is an apprentice?


Apprentice’s are aged sixteen or over and they combine working with studying for a work-based qualification. The level of qualification ranges from GCSE level (intermediate), to degree level (advanced).

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For further information, visit our FAQs or contact our Apprenticeship Team to find out more 01793 498208 or apprenticeships@swindon.ac.uk