What is the difference between the types of apprenticeships? Your guide to exploring opportunities

3 mins
February 15, 2024
Starting an apprenticeship is like stepping into a whole new world of learning and building skills for your career. In this guide, we're going to break down the different types of apprenticeships. Get ready to discover the different options available and find your path to an apprenticeship that’s right for you.
The different levels of apprenticeship

There are 4 different levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate apprenticeships (Level 2): These are like the starting point for apprenticeships and are equal to GCSEs
  • Advanced apprenticeships (Level 3): These offer more specialised knowledge and skills  and are equal to A levels..
  • Higher apprenticeships (Level 4-5): These apprenticeships focus on higher-level professional skills and are like the first year of a university degree.
  • Degree apprenticeships (Level 6-7): These are like getting a Bachelor's or Master’s degree,  Some may require certain qualifications, for example GCSE English and maths. You may be given extra training to meet these qualifications.

But wait, there's more to know about apprenticeships than just the levels. There are over 600 types of apprenticeships  available in a range of different sectors of work.

So no matter what career you’re interested in, there’s likely to be an apprenticeship for you.

Let's dig deeper into some of the different apprenticeship options available:

1. Creative and digital media apprenticeships: Unleash your creativity

Perfect for those into graphic design, digital marketing, and creating cool content.

It's real-life work experience in the creative and digital world. These apprenticeships provide great opportunities to learn, in fun industries that thrive on creativity.

2. Financial services apprenticeships: Navigating the finance world

For those dreaming of finance jobs like banking or accounting. These opportunities are a structured way to learn finance skills, in some of the world’s biggest banks and companies. They are a great way to get you ready for the finance world. 

3. Health and social care apprenticeships: Making a positive impact

For those passionate about making a positive impact on people's lives, health and social care apprenticeships are a great option. Apprentices can work in hospitals, care homes, or the wider community, gaining real-life work experience while contributing to the well-being of others.

4. Engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships: Building the future

Engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships play a crucial role in shaping the future of the world that we live in. You can specialise in areas such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or manufacturing - acquiring skills that companies love.

5. IT and technology apprenticeships: Dive into the digital world

In the fast-growing world of technology, IT apprenticeships provide a great entry point. From software development to cybersecurity, apprenticeships in this sector offer a dynamic and ever-evolving learning experience.

6. Retail and hospitality apprenticeships: Creating happy customers

For those interested in the world of customer service, retail and hospitality apprenticeships provide practical training in sectors like hotel management and event planning. 

Your apprenticeship, your future

Whether you like practical learning, studying academically, or diving straight into work, there's an apprenticeship that's just right for you. So, get ready to explore, learn, and shape your awesome future career through an apprenticeship! 

To find out more about apprenticeships, visit the new Skills for Life website.

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