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An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.

Alongside on-the-job training, as an apprentice you will spend at least 20% of your working hours completing off the job training or classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.  

Find out more about apprenticeships

Your 10 Step Apprenticeship Journey

Step 1 – Decide on what sector you would like to work in

There are lots of examples such as Business and Digital, Construction, Early Years and Care, Engineering, Hospitality and Transport and Logistics.

Step 2 – Speak to an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider

They will give you the right information, advice and guidance and check your eligibility.

Step 3 – Complete initial assessments and skills scan

Everyone who wants to complete an apprenticeship will need to take initial assessments in English and Maths. The assessments show the level you are currently working at and the areas in which you need more support.

Step 4 – Find an apprenticeship

The government's ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website is a great place to start.

Step 5 – Apply online

Ensure that you complete the application form in full. Remember, first impressions count. If your shortlisted for the position, you will be invited in for an interview.

Step 6 – You’ve got the job!

The training provider will work with you to finalise your induction on to the apprenticeship programme, complete the paperwork and set a start date.

Step 7 – Your apprenticeship programme begins

You will be on the programme for a minimum of 12 months up to 48 months, depending on the apprenticeship pathway you have chosen.

Step 8 – Your assessment gateway

Upon completion of your apprenticeship programme, you will go through gateway. This is a 3-way meeting with you, your line manager and your assessor, to ensure you are ready to undertake your End Point Assessment.

Step 9 – End Point Assessment (EPA)

This happens 8 – 12 weeks after gateway and could include assessment components such as a professional discussion, observation and multiple-choice questions.

Step 10 – Congratulations you’ve passed!

Subject to achievement you will be graded pass, merit or distinction and you will receive your certification in around 12 weeks' time.

What happens next

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, and you secure permanent employment, you may be encouraged to progress to a higher level.