Choose apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience, and get paid. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have the qualifications, skills, and knowledge you need. 

To become an apprentice, you must: 

  • Be 16 or over 
  • Not already be in full-time education 
  • Live in England 

8 key facts you need to know

  • An apprenticeship is a real job.

  • Apprentices are paid a salary.

  • Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months.

  • Apprenticeships range from level 2 to level 7.

  • Apprentices do not pay for their training.

  • Apprentices will receive paid off-the-job learning.

  • Apprentices will spend the majority of their time on-the-job.

  • There are thousands of apprenticeships in more than 170 industries.

Apprenticeship levels

In total, there are four types of apprenticeships available ranging from Level 2 (intermediate) through to Level 7 (master’s level) in more than 1,500 different job roles. 

  Level Equivalent education level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A-Level
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Which level is right for me?

The type of apprenticeship undertaken will depend on both the needs of the employer and the job role as well as your previous experience and qualifications. 

Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may: 

  • require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE 
  • give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level 

Northumberland College will guide you as to the most appropriate level for you. 

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Why choose Northumberland College?

We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.

Our student transport scheme is available for eligible students to make getting to and from college as easy as possible.

Our extensive re-development programme will create outstanding new facilities.