Types of apprenticeships

An apprenticeship can give you the training and qualifications you need to help you get ahead in your chosen career. There are currently three levels to choose from.

Apprenticeship qualifications

Apprenticeships are currently available at:

Level 2 is the first level and the one that most new apprentices choose.

You can either progress from Level 2 to Level 3 or go straight in at Level 3, depending on your ability and the qualifications you already have.

It usually takes up to two years to complete one level and up to four years to finish the two levels depending on their complexity and your ability.

Higher Level Apprenticeships offer qualifications from Level 4 to Level 8 and will take a minimum of two years to complete.

Choice of apprenticeships

The different types of apprenticeships available at each level and the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate are set out in apprenticeship frameworks for Level 2 and Level 3.

Terms and conditions apply if you are 25 years and over.

Currently there are around 170 Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships and over 45 Higher Level Apprenticeships to choose from, including:

  • computer science
  • motor vehicle
  • mechanical engineering
  • retail
  • construction
  • accountancy

For some there are minimum entry requirements, such as GCSEs. Your chosen training supplier can advise you on this.

If the apprenticeship that you want to pursue is not on Level 2 or Level 3 framework lists or on the Higher Level Apprenticeships list below then it is not currently available through the Apprenticeships programme.

There may be further apprenticeships added in the future.

Contact the helpline

If you are unsure about which apprenticeship you want to follow, or just need more information on what the Apprenticeships programme can do for you, contact the helpline:


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