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How Long Does an Apprenticeship Last

The minimum length of an apprenticeship is 12 months, although you complete one part-time for up to six years.

The length of an apprenticeship, like every other degree, is dictated by the occupation chosen and the level of certification sought.

In either event, you are contributing to a specific career path, not just a subject area.

Consequently, you must ensure that the apprenticeship you choose is one that you can see yourself using. Not just the obvious next step.

An apprenticeship at the intermediate level 2 would most likely last 12-18 months, while an apprenticeship at the advanced level 3 will most likely last 24 months. Higher-level apprenticeships can last three to five years. Apprenticeships are often taken part-time, which significantly lengthens the time needed to complete.

Five high-level GCSEs are equivalent to a level 2 apprenticeship. During their apprenticeship, the student works for various other work-based learning credentials, including NVQ Level 2 and a related knowledge-based certificate, such as a BTEC.

Two A-Levels are equivalent to a higher-level apprenticeship. During their apprenticeship, the student works for various other work-based learning qualifications, including NVQ Level 3, and related knowledge-based qualification, such as a BTEC. Students must have five GCSEs at grade C or higher or have finished an intermediate apprenticeship to be eligible for an advanced apprenticeship.

Apprentices with a higher level of education seek work-based learning certificates such as NVQ Level 4 and knowledge-based training such as a foundation degree. Apprentices may also succeed when pursuing further qualifications, such as associate degrees.

How many hours would I have to put in?

A full-time apprenticeship entails working 30 hours per week plus one day of preparation – either at university, college, or online.

Apprentices under the age of 18 are not allowed to work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Both apprentices will be entitled to paid weekends and rest breaks for at least 30 minutes if their working day lasts four and a half hours.

The specifics, on the other hand, are dictated by the agreement you reach with your employer.

You will be required to alternate three weeks of work with one week of school, which will impact your social life and accommodation. This is particularly true if live far away from your aprentieship training provider.

As a consequence, please double-check the job description and the location of the course provider. If your commute isn’t defined, make sure to ask about it during your interview.

It would help if you made time to concentrate on the course. However, if you take good care of yourself, you should have no issues. You’ll meet many interesting people from different organisations with whom you can network and share ideas.

How does it feel to be an apprentice?

Most apprentices believe that their social life’ consists of balancing hanging out with colleagues and creating friends through their course provider. Especially for degree apprentices, they are getting a taste of university life.

However, don’t plan to get a lot of spare time. There’s a lot to remember, from work and school dates, as well as general administration. You’ll naturally have fewer duvet days than the average pupil.

However, the trade-off is that you are progressing with your chosen career and gaining a slew of life skills that employers value. Simultaneously, some of the mates will be left wondering what to do as they come to the end of their studies.

What if I change my mind in the middle of the process?

Changing your mind is a normal part of life, but if you don’t like your apprenticeship as much as you anticipated, there are several things you can do about it.

However, unlike a traditional college path, you will be learning particular experience. So if you are contemplating a career change, make sure to consult with a work/career coach on all of your options.

So, to the best of your ability, apply only for apprenticeships that pique your curiosity. Even the wisest career choice would not seem so bright if it does not land you in a role you like.


Updated on December 23, 2021

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