What is an apprenticeship?

Intermediate, advanced higher and degree apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job skills training with off-the-job learning. You'll get training that is relevant to your job and be paid a salary. Start at a level to suit you, with support if you have special needs or a disability.

  • Duration: Intermediate – Level 2 (12-18 months), Advanced - Level 3 (24 months approx.), Higher Level - Level 4 or 5 (Up to 5 years), Degree - Level 6 (3-6 years).
  • Location: Typically you’ll spend 80% of your time in the workplace and 20% off-the-job with some study in a college, training centre or Institute of Technology (IoT). However this can differ between apprenticeships.
  • Entry requirements: Will be dependent on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level.

Apprenticeship Explorer

There are so many apprenticeship opportunities out there that it can be a bit overwhelming. But thanks to SACU’s apprenticeship explorer dashboard, you can explore with just a few clicks! What apprenticeships can you do at certain levels? How long do the courses last? How much might you get paid? Have a play!

Learn more about apprenticeships on the SACU website by clicking on the ‘?’ in the top right of the dashboard or visit using the button below.

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Find an apprenticeship

Search and apply for an apprenticeship on GOV.UK

Like any job listings, apprenticeship vacancies are listed on multiple sites. Employers will list apprenticeship vacancies on their own websites too. Also check out these to ensure you are conducting a broad search. It is highly recommended that you sign up for vacancy alerts if the website allows you to do so.


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