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
Take a look our most frequently asked questions
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Where can I get further information?
Download the 'Guide to Apprenticeships' (PDF)
Download the 'Student Complaints Procedure' (PDF)