Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training, where you undertake work with an employer, and are released for a proportion of the time to work towards a nationally-recognised vocational qualification
The on-the-job practical work is also recognised and assessed. Apprentices are paid at least the minimum wage.
NVQ Level 2, 3, 4 or 5
Depends on you, your employer and the job area (between 3 months and 3 years).
Training is assessed by a mixture of practical and written assessments, which are used to slowly build up a portfolio of work.
Functional skills - such as English, maths, or I.T.
You can progress into employment or onto a higher-level apprenticeship.