What's involved in an apprenticeship in England?

How you'll spend your time on an apprenticeship, and how you'll be assessed.

Maera Khan, Trainee at BT

Maera Khan, Trainee at BT

Find out about Maera's experience as a trainee at BT.

Alice, Level 6 postgraduate teaching apprentice

I am so pleased with the choice I’ve made. I feel the level of support you are given for this route into teaching is incredible. This year has given me a lot of opportunities to get stuck in, and it has helped my confidence. Having the class teacher observe me and give me tips and coaching ideas to support me while I’m learning means I can try those ideas straightaway while they’re fresh in my mind.
  • You’ll spend at least 50% of your time at work over the course of the apprenticeship. This is usually 30 hours each week, where you’ll focus on learning to do the job. You could be learning from colleagues across all levels of the business, typically working closely with someone more senior who will coach you and review your progress.  Your employer will also give you time off to study during your working hours.
  • You’ll also spend time attending college, university, training provider, or training at work. The learning and part-time study element of an apprenticeship fits around the job commitment, and will be agreed with the employer. You might attend one day per week (‘day release’), in blocks of a week or more (‘block release’), or study online. Some schemes use a combination.
  • Apprentices complete assessments during and at the end of the programme, which tests both academic learning and occupational competence developed through on-the-job training. Find details of what you will learn in the standard or framework for each apprenticeship, and how your learning and skills will be assessed in the assessment plan for your particular apprenticeship.

To get an idea of what apprenticeships are available to study, take a look at the  government's A-Z list of apprenticeships.  Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

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