What do the Different Levels of an Apprenticeship Mean?

What do you get from an apprenticeship?

Undertaking an apprenticeship can be staged at several different levels, but what do the different levels of an apprenticeship actually mean? Depending on what you want to achieve and what level you begin at before applying for an apprenticeship, understanding the differences can help make your application process a lot quicker and your decision on what you want to achieve firmer.

Level 1 – This level includes Study programmes and Traineeships. This is aimed at individuals who have just left school and are looking for some knowledge of your preferred sector and some hands-on experience. This level takes around 4-12 months and isn’t a paid apprenticeship, but all training is free of charge and expenses can be claimed back.

Level 2 – If you enjoyed the training received in Level 1, you can move onto a level 2 apprenticeship. This will be 30-40 hours a week of working in the industry and you will be working towards a Level 2 portfolio and nationally recognised qualifications.

Level 3 – Level 3 is the next step on from level 2 and you will be employed whilst working towards a more advanced qualification.

Level 4 – Higher Apprenticeships (equivalent to a higher education certificate) allow you to work towards a work-based learning qualification and in some instances, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree.

Level 5 – Once completing level 4 you could look at moving onto a Level 5 diploma in Management and Leadership. This will be a vocational qualification that requires you to be observed regularly in the workplace whilst working toward a level 5 diploma; accredited by City and Guilds.

If you want more information on what Aspire training team deliver through the apprenticeship program, get in touch on 01202 551553 or email info@aspiretrainingteam.co.uk.

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