Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to improve the skills base of their business. They work for people of all ages and backgrounds and can transform lives.

What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a way for all individuals aged 16+ who are in employment, to gain new skills and qualifications whilst working.  Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. 

How long do they take?

Depending on the sector and job role, an apprenticeship can take anything between one and five years to complete. 

Types and levels of apprenticeships

Intermediate Level 

Advanced Level  

Higher Level 

Degree Level 

No matter what the needs of your business or how niche the services and products are that you offer, there will most likely be an apprenticeship to suit your needs. 

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are suitable for both new employees as well as for existing staff.  Even those who already hold a degree can benefit from accessing apprenticeship funding to gain new skills.


Most of the training is on-the-job at an employer's premises, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace.  Off-the-job training is provided by a training organisation (training provider) and may be delivered through day release, block release, on-line/remote learning or a blend of different methods.  The delivery model will be something that you will negotiate with your training provider to ensure that it is right for your business. 

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