What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training and the chance to gain qualifications. As with any job, an apprentice gets paid, but they also take part in formal on-the-job training and study for relevant qualifications linked to their role. Qualifications are paid for by the employer. Apprentices do not pay anything towards their qualifications.

Visit the National Apprenticeship Service website for more information on apprenticeships, and latest vacancies.


Apprenticeship Levels

There are four levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate – level 2 – equivalent to 5 GCSEs.
  • Advanced – level 3 – equivalent to 2 A-levels.
  • Higher – level 4-7 – equivalent to a certificate of higher education or foundation degree right the way up to a master’s degree (mostly give a bachelor’s degree).
  • Degree – level 6-7 – achieve a bachelor’s or master’s degree on successful completion.


Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships


How to find an Apprenticeship



Training Providers

An alternative way of applying for apprenticeships is directly through a training provider. Training providers are the organisations that deliver the qualification element of an apprenticeship. Students can apply directly to a training provider who will support them to find an employer to complete their apprenticeship with.

For a list of local Training Providers please click here.


Keep up to date with Apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service create monthly Parent Packs with all of the latest information about Apprenticeships and vocational education. 

Apprenticeships - Parent/Carer Resources


If you want any more information on Apprenticeships for your child, please email Mrs Colgan on e.colgan@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk