Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

About Apprenticeships

Designed by employers for employers, Apprenticeships are designed to be relevant to the needs of each occupational sector.

The Facts

  • Apprenticeships are job opportunities which combine employment with completing qualifications relevant to the job role
  • We deliver over 50 different types of apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeships can be completed at level 2 to level 7 and the level is based on the job role
  • Each Apprenticeship will normally last between one and three years, depending on the occupation and the framework

What are Apprenticeships?

  • Apprenticeships are an effective way to develop the kind of employees that organisations need. Apprenticeships ensure that the apprentice develops the skills and experience that benefit businesses. Apprenticeships ensure that the workforce has the practical skills and qualifications that organisations need now and in the future.
  • An Apprenticeship is a form of vocational training enabling people to earn while they learn the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career.
  • Apprentices combine on the job and off the job training. ‘On the job’ an apprentice will work with a mentor learning the skills on site and working towards a work based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). For ‘off the job’ training, apprentices may spend time at the College, for example, one day a week and/or may have time at work to complete their studies with the help of a College Learning Facilitator/Assessor

What are the qualifications?

  • Apprentices will work to achieve a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), a Technical Certificate and Functional Skills, all of which lead to an apprenticeship completion certificate.
  • NVQs are vocational awards that are gained through assessment of performance and checking understanding of knowledge at work.
  • Apprenticeships also include technical certificates, such as BTEC National Certificates or a City & Guilds certificate. These are delivered through off-the-job learning and provide apprentices with the underpinning knowledge of the framework.

There are two different levels of Apprenticeship. The most appropriate level for a young person depends on their abilities and the requirements of the job:

Apprenticeships Level 2
This programme will take up to two years to complete and lead to NVQ 2, a Technical Certificate and the appropriate Key Skills/Functional Skills. Most of the work an apprentice does is practical. Apprentices develop technical skills and gain valuable work experience. There is an opportunity to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Advanced Apprenticeships Level 3
Apprentices completing an Advanced Apprenticeship are aiming for technical, supervisory or junior management roles. They should be in full-time employment and receive an appropriate wage. The training can take up to three or four years to complete. On completion, an apprentice will have gained NVQ Level 3, a Technical Certificate and relevant Key Skills/Functional Skills. An Advanced Apprenticeship can provide a route to higher education, higher Apprenticeships and to NVQs at Levels 4 and 5.

Functional Skills

  • Functional Skills are a range of essential skills needed by employees to operate effectively. All apprentices receive training in the Functional Skills required by their chosen industry.
  • The Functional Skills are:
    • English
    • Maths
    • And with some frameworks - Information Technology

Employer responsibilities?

  • Employers must give apprentices an induction into their role and provide on the job training. An apprentice will get the hands-on skills and experience they need to work successfully in an organisation.
  • Off-the-job training for apprentices is arranged by North Lindsey College. North Lindsey College produces a training plan agreed by the employer and the individual and manages the apprentice's regular assessment.
  • Employers are responsible for the wages of apprentices which is currently a minimum of £2.73 per hour (increasing to £3.30 from October 1st, 2015). Employers may negotiate a salary that reflects the skills and experience, age, ability and the going rate for the job concerned.

Designed by employers for employers, Apprenticeships are designed to be relevant to the needs of each occupational sector.

How to find out more
Please contact the business development team on 01724 281111or email

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