Vocational qualifications


An apprenticeship enables you to build up knowledge and skills about a specific job, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time.

Apprentices spend most of their time in the workplace gaining the skills to do a specific job, but they also attend a specialised learning provider to build up knowledge and gain qualifications, often this is a local college.

There are different levels of apprenticeship depending on your exisiting qualifications and experience.

For more information go to the Qualification planner

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship - equivalent to five good GCSE passes
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships - equivalent of two A level passes
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships - This is equivalent to a level 4 or 5 qualification such as a HND.
  • Degree Apprenticeships - These lead to a full degree and often professional qualifications

Each apprenticeship is made up of a number of different parts and these are known as a Framework. The benefit of a Framework is that you will be able to achieve the full range of qualifications and experience you need to do the job once you finish.

These frameworks include:

  1. A practical skills and competence based assessment and qualification such as an NVQ
  2. A theory knowledge based technical certificate at a specific level depending on your type of apprenticeship.

In some cases there may also be additional qualifications available to ensure that you have the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job that you are employed in.

Follow this link for more information on apprenticeships

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