Apprenticeships Explained

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Why an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 70 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be confirmed throughout the year.

  • Earning a salary and paid holiday;
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace;
  • Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

What levels of apprenticeships are there?

There are various levels of apprenticeship to apply for when you’ve completed your A-levels. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

NameLevelEquivalent educational level
Higher4, 5, 6 & 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 & 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Various companies use The JCB Academy as their apprenticeship training centre, making us a very unique education establishment. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice’s ability and competence in their job role.

How to apply for an apprenticeship

All apprenticeships are offered directly by an employer. Some employers publish their apprenticeship opportunities independently on their website, social media accounts, etc., whilst others promote their opportunities through the Government website