Careers Advice: Apprenticeships

For the right person an apprenticeship can be a realistic alternative to university, as well as the way to become professionally qualified.

Apprenticeships are an opportunity to earn and learn, with probably more available at level 3 (A level or equivalent) than at any other level.

There are 4 levels: Intermediate similar to 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, Advanced similar to A levels, Higher and Degree. Salaries range from £3.50 p/h national minimum, to as high as £23,500 for some Advanced, Higher and Degree apprenticeships.

Degree apprenticeships are developing all the time. For instance, to become a nurse you can read for a nursing degree at university or train and learn via a degree apprenticeship in which you attend the same university as you would for the degree course, gain the same qualification, are employed and get paid.