If you want to get an apprenticeship in the UK, you must be eligible for these programs. For example, you must be 16 years old or over, be a resident of England and not be in education full-time. You can be an apprentice at the start of your career. You can do it whether you want a change or upskill in your existing job. It does not matter whether you have a degree or not.
If you live outside England, you should check out your options in Northern Ireland, Wales, or Scotland.
As an apprentice, you will get a real job to gain experience and get paid. You will sign a contract of employment and get holiday leaves. Once your apprenticeship is over, you will get the knowledge and skills for your desired career.
Every apprenticeship features a level in addition to an equivalent education level. At any of these levels, you may be eligible for an apprenticeship. Based on the level, you must have previous qualifications like maths or English GCSE.
Once your apprenticeship period ends, you will gain an equivalent education level. In other words, if you achieve level 3 as an apprentice, your achievement will be equivalent to the A level. The table given below will give you a clear idea of what we are talking about.
|Level||Equivalent education level|
|Higher||4,5,6 and 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or master’s degree|