What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship offers practical training, in a job of your choice, if you are 16 or over.

It doesn’t cost you a penny. In fact, you get paid.

University College Birmingham works with a huge range of employers, from bakers and chefs to hairdressers and pre-school nurseries. We’ll ensure you get the best on-the-job training possible and pick up a relevant qualification as you learn new skills.

As an apprentice, you will:

  • work with experienced staff
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • gain valuable job skills
  • study towards a related qualification (usually for one day a week)  

What apprenticeship levels are there?

Apprenticeships are widely respected by employers and are equivalent to education qualifications like GCSEs and A-levels.

Levels of apprenticeships include:

  • Level 2/Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Level 3/Advanced - equivalent to 2 A-level passes
  • Level 4 and 5 Higher – this can lead to qualifications and/or standards at Level 4 or a foundation degree
  • Level 6 - this can lead to a BA (Hons) degree

Apprenticeship FAQs

Take a look our most frequently asked questions

Is an apprenticeship suitable for me?
Do I need to be working to start an apprenticeship?
What qualifications do I need?
Is there an age limit?
Will it cost me anything?
What will I be paid?
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Will an Apprenticeship give me a good career?
Where can I get further information?


Download the 'Guide to Apprenticeships' (PDF) 

Download the 'Student Complaints Procedure' (PDF)