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What is an Apprenticeship?

For a prospective Apprentice:

You can become an apprentice at any time during your career.

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job skills with study in an employed position within an organisation, with the opportunity to gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills needed for your future career, through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.

For a Practice / PCN:

Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for a practice or PCN to develop its staff, improve retention and increase staff morale. There are many clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships available at different levels and we have compiled some information on how to access some of these apprenticeships which can be found in this section.

We will be continuously adding information here so if you do not see anything that applies to you why not contact us and discuss your aspirations further.

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How do Apprenticeships Work?

The apprentice is directly employed and works in the industry or area in which their qualification will eventually allow them to work. They must be allowed a certain amount of time away from the work place in order to complete learning activities provided by the training organisation. The amount of time the apprentice must be released for depends on the course that they are studying.

The length of time it takes someone to complete an apprenticeship depends on the level they want to achieve and the particular course they are taking. At the end of the apprenticeship they have an end point assessment.

What are Apprenticeship Levels?

These refer to the education levels that the apprenticeship will give you. The table below explains the apprenticeship level and the corresponding educational level:


Educational Level






A Level


4, 5, 6, 7

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor's or master's degree

The above table was taken from: which is a useful website to explain more about apprenticeships.

What are the Minimum Requirements to Apply for an Apprenticeship?

  • Functional Skills: you must have at least a level 2 in Maths and English in order to be able to apply for an apprenticeship. If you do not have these levels then please contact us and we can assist you with obtaining the correct levels.

  • Be currently employed for 30 hours or more per week

  • There may be other requirements depending on the specific course and level you would like to complete.

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