Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?
Anyone who is 16+ and not taking part in full-time education. A willingness to gain further knowledge and skills in the workplace is essential.

What are the different levels of apprenticeships?

  • Intermediate (Level 2) equivalent to 5 A*-C GCSEs
  • Advanced (Level 3) equivalent to two A Levels
  • Higher (Level 4+) equivalent to HND, foundation degree or above (depending on the standard/framework)

What’s the right level for me?

The level you should choose depends on your current qualifications and previous work experience. Generally, we recommend if you have:

  • Less than 5 GCSEs or equivalent then Level 2/ Intermediate should be the right level for you
  • 5 GCSEs including English and Maths or equivalent then Level 3 / Advanced should be the right level for you
  • A levels or a level 3 vocational qualification and relevant work experience then Higher should be the right level for you.

What qualifications are included?

The Apprenticeship Framework contains Vocational qualifications and Functional Skills.

How does it work?
Apprentices can start at any time during the year, after attending an interview and undertaking an initial assessment. Each Apprentice has a college assessor who visits them in the workplace every 4 weeks. This is to carry out assessments, provide support to both Apprentice and employer, and to ensure that the welfare/health and safety needs of the Apprentice are being met. Apprenticeships are real jobs with training.

How long does it take?
Each Apprentice works to an individual Learning Plan. In general terms you can expect it to take 18 months per level to complete the full apprenticeship programme.

How much will I earn?
An employer has to pay the Apprentice a realistic wage (The minimum of rate is currently £3.90, changing to £4.15 in April 2020). The national minimum wage does not apply to Apprentices until after their 19th birthday. The qualification is Government funded (16-18), or Government and employer funded (19+). This is not a form of training the Apprentice would pay for themselves.

How do I find an Apprenticeship?

You can search independently for an Apprenticeship or we can find a match for you. Some useful websites are:

To see all the Apprenticeship vacancies currently available in your area, please visit the National Apprenticeship website. For information issued by the government on Apprenticeships, here

If you have any questions or need advice contact us at apprenticeships@southend-adult.ac.uk