Vocational qualifications


An apprenticeship is a way to learn whilst working - building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time.

Apprentices spend most of their time in the workplace gaining the skills to do a specific job, but they also attend a specialised learning provider to build up knowledge and gain qualifications, often this is a local college.

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships are equivalent to five good GCSE passes, Advanced Level Apprenticeships are the equivalent of two A level passes, Higher Level Apprenticeships can lead to NVQ level 4 and above (or a Foundation Degree) and Degree Apprenticeships are a new type of higher apprenticeship that can lead to a full undergraduate degree.

An apprenticeship is a set of separate qualifications, called a ‘framework’, and you will need to complete all parts to successfully complete the Apprenticeship.

  • The technical certificate demonstrates achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding related to the wider industry.
  • transferable skills qualification shows that you have developed a range of skills including English, Maths, ICT, working with others, improving your own learning and problem solving. (You may be able to use GCSEs in English, Maths and ICT to count towards the achievement of your Apprenticeship)  
  • The competency qualification (often an NVQ) shows you can perform well in your job or profession.
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) demonstrates that you know and understand about areas such as employment-related legislation and Health & Safety

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