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Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
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:
  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation 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
How to apply:
There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship
The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews
Please click here to view  ‘Into Apprenticeships – A guide for disabled people.’
Further general information on apprenticeships can be found at


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