How long is an apprenticeship?

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How long is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine professional training with on the job learning. You can become an apprentice at any age and study for a recognised qualification while earning a wage and gaining experience. 

We offer a range of apprenticeships for individuals at all levels of employment, whether you’re new to the world of work or already in employment. So how do you begin your apprenticeship journey

What apprenticeships do we offer?

We offer qualifications at every level, from Level 1 Pathways to Apprenticeships and Traineeships to Level 7 which is equivalent to a Masters degree.

We offer a range of apprenticeship qualification levels:

  • Level 2 Apprenticeships (Intermediate Apprenticeships)
  • Level 3 Apprenticeships (Advanced Apprenticeships)
  • Level 4 and 5 Apprenticeships (Higher Apprenticeships)
  • Level 6 and 7 Apprenticeships (Degree Apprenticeship)

How long do apprenticeships take?

Apprenticeships can take between one and five years to complete. Our apprenticeships take on average between 12 months and 42 months. The length of the apprenticeship depends on the sector and the level. For example, a Business and Administration apprenticeship takes on average 18 months, however, an Engineering apprenticeship can take up to 42 months. 

The extended length of an apprenticeship gives you time to get to know the sector and business on a deeper level and helps you to progress further. This means you can take on more complex tasks due to your experience within the role.

An apprenticeship takes normally 30 to 40 hours a week. However, some businesses do offer a part-time apprenticeship at a minimum of 16 hours per week. Completing an apprenticeship part-time will take longer overall as the total hours completed need to be the same whether you are completing it full time or part-time. 

Why do some apprenticeships take so long?

Apprenticeships result in a qualification that verifies the apprentice’s skills and capabilities within the industry. Combining on the job training and studying means that a longer period is needed to ensure you can learn and develop all the appropriate skills and knowledge. 

An apprenticeship might be longer than similar career paths but it allows for more security and stability within your roles, and gives you the right level of experience to break into the industry. 

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective solution to help you break into the industry as an individual or to expand your workforce as a business. Find out more about apprenticeships for yourself or your business by calling our expert team on 03333 222 666.

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