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Outcome Information for Apprentices

What will I get from an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Because Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want, they give you choices in your career. When you’ve finished you can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.

 

You’ll get a package of qualifications when you finish your Apprenticeship which will be recognised by any employer, anywhere in the country. That means you can change jobs and take your skills and qualifications with you. Your performance and knowledge are assessed on the job as you reach different levels. These assessments count towards your final qualification.

 

Qualifications

Almost every apprenticeship includes an NVQ and most of the apprenticeships we offer include an NVQ at Level 2:

 

 NVQ             Equivalent qualification        
 Level 1 GCSEs at grades D-G
 Level 2 GCSEs at grades A-C
 Level 3 2 A levels / 1 vocational A level
 Level 4/5 HNC, HND and degree level

 

 

You will complete Functional Skills in Maths and English for all apprenticeship and in some cases also in IT:

Functional Skills         Equivalent qualification       
Level 1 GCSEs at grades D-G
Level 2 GCSEs at grades A-C

 

 

Depending on the apprenticeship you choose, you may also study for a Technical Certificate which will give you further knowledge and understanding of your job. This might be a BTEC National Diploma or a City & Guilds Progression Award these vary greatly depending on your chosen apprenticeship and not every apprenticeship includes one.

 

Work Experience

In the current workplace employers really value industry experience and with an apprenticeship you get that experience while you are learning, which means you can move forward in your career with a wealth of knowledge about the working environment. This can really help when it comes to picking out your next step in your career, doing job applications and having interviews.

 

References

Good references are also really valuable when it comes to finding a job. If you work well during your apprenticeship you will be able to ask your manager for a reference when you leave, which will give an excellent impression to future employers who want to know what you are like and about your reliability and work ethic.

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