General Article Apprenticeships

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1. Applications and qualifications

Apply for an apprenticeship

Anyone in England can apply for an apprenticeship if they’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education.

First search for a vacancy on the Apprenticeships website, then register on the site and apply.

Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete depending on their level.

Work and study

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

An apprentice:

  • works alongside experienced staff
  • gains job-specific skills
  • earns a wage
  • studies towards a related qualification (usually one day a week).

Levels of apprenticeship

There are three levels in England:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to five GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to two A-level passes
  • Higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above or a Foundation Degree.


Apprenticeships can lead to:

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2, 3, 4 or 5
  • Functional Skills qualifications...

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