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Apprenticeships can last between one and four years, depending on the level studied. There are four different levels which are equivalent to the following qualifications:

  • Intermediate – NVQ Level 2, equivalent to 5 GCSE passes (grades A* to C)
  • Advanced – NVQ Level 3, equivalent to 2 A Level passes
  • Higher – NVQ Levels 4-5, equivalent to a foundation degree
  • Degree – NVQ Levels 6-7, equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

You can gain the following qualifications through an apprenticeship

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2,3,4 or 5
  • Functional Skills qualifications, e.g. in maths, English or ICT
  • Key Skills qualifications e.g. working in teams, problem-solving and communication
  • A technical certificate, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award

Knowledge-based qualifications, such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a Foundation degree

Employers are looking for apprentices, who have a passion for their chosen industry, and know how to act in a work environment. They will train you in all elements of their business which will include processes, systems and knowledge specific roles but they can’t give you genuine interest and enthusiasm or a willingness to work hard for them these are skills that have to come from you. We have asked a range of employers this question why not take a look at the answers we received ‘what makes a quality apprentice’.

If you are not sure that you are ready to take on an apprenticeship there is no need to worry. Wannabe exists to ensure that everyone who uses our service receives the relevant support needed which will aid your future and chosen career path. Why not take a look at our work experience opportunities, or what a Traineeship can offer below?


Traineeships are the step before an apprenticeship and will provide you with essential work preparation training, work experience, and Maths and English qualifications to enable you to go on and succeed within an apprenticeship.

Here is a basic summary of Traineeships

  • Available to those aged 16 – 24
  • They last a maximum of 6 months and always include a work placement which can last anywhere from 5 weeks – 6 months
  • This is an unpaid opportunity however your employer may cover your travel and meal costs.
  • The Traineeship will give you the skills needed to go on and successfully complete a paid apprenticeship


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