Apprenticeships are a mixture of on and off the job training undertaken at work.

An Apprenticeship is made up of three key components:

A vocational qualification

This is directly related to where you work, for example health and social care. This used to be called the NVQ element of the qualification

A technical certificate

This will teach you the rules governing your chosen area of work, and will help you to understand your sector better.

Functional skills

These qualifications will show your abilities in maths and English (and IT for some qualifications). We have plenty of resources and qualified teachers to help you through these particular areas if necessary

Once you have achieved all of the above three components then you will have an Apprenticeship qualification. If this at Level 2 then it is equivalent to 5 GCSEs, and a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to 2 A Levels.


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