An apprenticeship is a great way to gain recognised qualifications whilst working in your chosen industry.

As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain the fundamental knowledge and practical experience that employers are looking for.


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Working towards a qualification whilst on the job provides you with a unique set of experiences and challenges.

  • you work better and more effectively
  • it can set you up to move into new and better jobs
  • you get better pay
  • your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster
  • you learn at your own pace and get support when you need it
  • better job security
  • you gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.

Apprentices work towards gaining the skills and the confidence needed to progress to an Intermediate Apprenticeship

Intermediate Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work‐based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge‐based qualification e.g. a BTEC.

These provide the skills apprentices need for their chosen career and enable the learner to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship on completion. An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes.

Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Advanced apprentices work towards work‐based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills, if required and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC. To commence this programme, apprentices should ideally have five GCSEs (Grade C or above) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship. Advanced Level Apprenticeships are equivalent to 2 A Level passes.

Higher Apprenticeships
Higher apprentices work towards work‐based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 4, a Foundation Degree, BTEC National Higher National Diploma or LCCI Advanced Level.

Apprenticeships have no set duration as the time taken will depend on the ability of the apprentice and the employer’s requirements.

How long will it take to complete?

Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete but this can vary depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification, and industry sector.

How will it work?

The selection process is just like any other job application process. You apply, have an interview, and in some cases, a test, to establish if you are the right fit for the role.

If successful, the employer will give you an induction into the company and your role. They provide on‐the‐job training and pay your wages. You will be expected to work a minimum of 30 hours paid employment per week. Each apprentice has a manager/mentor at work responsible for helping them throughout the training.

Further clarification on the Apprenticeship framework is available from the National Apprenticeship Scheme.



Apprenticeships are an excellent way to help upscale your existing workforce, and find new employees. We offer apprenticeships in a number of different subjects allowing you to select the relevant training to meet your business needs.

An apprenticeship is your chance to employ an individual committed to learning and developing their skills within your organisation. 

Typically, an apprentice will be expected to work full‐time and be given time out to study for a nationally recognised qualification. The best part is an apprentice is a contracted employee meaning you get a full resource whilst investing in your future workforce needs.

To find out more, or enquire, please visit our employers page here.

What is expected of the employer?

When taking on an apprentice, there are certain expectations that must be met by both the employer and the apprentice.

As the employer, you are expected to:

  • Pay the minimum wage for an apprentice
  • Provide a full contract of employment for your apprentice
  • Offer the same benefits package to your apprentice as other employees
  • Arrange for a workplace mentor for your apprentice
  • Deliver a safe working environment
  • Be flexible to allow your apprentice time‐out to complete their studies.
You'll receive support every step of the way

Working closely with VLUK, you will receive support every step of the way. As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Managing the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre‐screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available
Points to consider

We suggest that you consider the following points when deciding whether an apprenticeship is best for your organisation:

  • Where is there a need for additional resources in your organisation?
  • Who will be the mentor of your apprentice?
  • Will you need to invest in any extra facilities to accommodate your apprentice?

School Apprenticeship Service

The school apprenticeship service is designed specifically for schools dedicated to community development.
It is a service committed to increasing employment opportunities for apprentices aged 16‐23.

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