Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
work alongside experienced staff
gain job-specific skills
study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level
Levels of apprenticeship
An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be
Equivalent educational level
5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
2 A level passes
4,5,6 and 7
Foundation degree and above
6 and 7
Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Who can apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
16 or over
living in England
not in full-time education
Higher apprenticeships offer a work-based learning programme and lead to a nationally recognised qualification at one of the following:
a level 4 and 5 - equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree
a level 6 - equivalent to a bachelor degree
Over 40 different subjects are currently covered, representing hundreds of job roles.
New Degree Apprenticeships – places available from September 2015
Degree Apprenticeships have been created by employers in collaboration with universities with government backing to give young people the opportunity to complete a full honours degree alongside their employment. They will not pay student fees, and will earn a wage throughout.
The 13 degree apprenticeships are in:
electronic systems engineering
aerospace software development
defence systems engineering
banking relationship manager
A number of employers involved in the Tech Partnership have committed to offering Degree Apprenticeships, including Accenture, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Ford, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Hewlett Packard, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds Banking Group, Network Rail and Tata Consulting Services.
The following universities are working with employers to offer the degree:
University of Exeter
University of Greenwich
The Manchester Metropolitan University
University College London
University West England
- University of Winchester
Nestle and Barclays become first companies to implement Degree Apprenticeship
Becoming a chartered manager is the highest accreditation that can be achieved in the management profession and within weeks, Virgin Media, the Civil Service and many other employers will be taking on new management apprentices.
Each apprentice will earn a degree in management and business and become a Chartered Manager. The learning programme was developed by the CMI and the Chartered Association of Business Schools. Each apprentice will also become a member of the CMI.
These new apprenticeships could provide a huge economic boost to British organisations, with the latest CMI research finding that on average, chartered managers each add £391,000 of value to their employers.
There are now nine education institutions currently offering the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship to employers, including:
Aston Business School
Bristol Business School
Hertfordshire Business School
Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Nottingham Business School
Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
Southampton Solent University, School of Business and Law
Degree apprenticeships will follow the apprenticeship trailblazer funding model which government is currently trialling. As part of this trial, government is contributing two thirds of the total cost of the degree course and any external training and assessment, up to a cap, with employers contributing the other third; then there is an additional incentive for small businesses. As with other apprenticeships, apprentices themselves do not pay for training costs or student fees.
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