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About apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can be suitable for both school leavers as well as people who already have work experience. Apprenticeships give aspiring professionals the possibility to receive both qualifications that are relevant to your industry, as well as on-the-job training, so you earn while you learn. To find out more about apprenticeships, visit apprenticeships.gov.uk and findapprenticeships.co.uk.

If you are an employer looking to recruit an apprentice, find out more information for employers.

What apprenticeships are available?

We are the largest apprenticeship training delivery organisation in Leicester, helping apprentices to learn new skills and gain experience to succeed in their chosen career.

Each apprenticeship is different: employers advertise different roles depending on what the needs of their business are. To ensure that you receive a quality experience and achieve your qualification, your apprenticeship will follow a strict guideline for your sector, known as a framework or standard.

Employers may be currently seeking new apprentices – visit our apprenticeship vacancies to take a look.

To find out more call us 0116 224 2240 or email us.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you receive training, you get paid, and you gain experience. Becoming an apprentice means, you get a job, or you continue the role you already have. During your apprenticeship, you usually spend around 80% of your working time in this day-to-day role and the remaining 20% of the time you will be studying, often in college.

You get paid

As an apprentice, you are doing a job while learning, so you receive a wage. This includes the apprenticeship wage plus the national minimum wage, which is updated yearly.

Timescales: 12 to 48 months

The length of your apprenticeship depends on multiple factors, including the area of employment. Apprenticeships leading to higher-level qualifications usually take longer.

Study format:

All apprenticeships involve 80% of your time spent within your workplace. To support your training and development, the amount of time spent learning and training can vary depending on your employer and type of apprenticeships. Here are some of the more common types of study format:

  • day release to attend college
  • block release at college
  • study time away from your day-to-day role within your workplace.

What type of apprenticeships are there?

Intermediate apprenticeshipLevel 2 – equal to five GCSEs at grade 4/C
Advanced apprenticeshipLevel 3 – equal to A-levels
Higher apprenticeshipLevel 4/5 – equal to an undergraduate level qualification
Degree  apprenticeshipLevel 6/7 – equal to a Bachelors or master’s degree

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For more information please call Leicester College on 0116 224 2240, email us or have a look through our guide

Apprenticeships Guide

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