Apprenticeships Explained

Find out how an Apprenticeship can help your business grow.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship allows people to work and train at the same time and is a great way to give your business a competitive edge. As a business, you can select a standard course that is relevant to the job requirements and provides your employees with the skills and training they need to progress. Alternatively, why not consider attracting new talent and fresh ideas to your organisation through an apprenticeship programme?

Combining on and off the job training ensures your Apprentice learns the skills required for your business while working towards a recognised qualification. Regardless of your company size, Higher Futures provides a comprehensive skills service, tailored to meet your desired results.

How does long an Apprenticeship last?

An Apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on various elements such as; the level of Apprenticeship, the Apprentice’s ability and the industry sector. The apprentice will be working towards a nationally recognised qualification whilst in the workplace. The chart below should help guide levels of apprenticeships offered:

Apprenticeship TypeApprenticeship LevelEducational Level
Intermediate25 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4
Advanced32 A Levels
Higher4 or 5Foundation Degree
Degree6 or 7Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees



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How can your business benefit from an Apprentice?

There are many benefits to having an apprentice on your team, a few of these are:

  • A cost-effective way of training new of existing staff
  • If your company is apprenticeship levy, receive funding
  • Welcome new, loyal and talented individuals to your team
  • Mentor and develop individuals with the support of learning providers to increase your business skills and productivity

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Funding can vary dependent on the size of your businesses and if you are apprenticeship levy. Take a look at our funding page which will explain how the cost is broken down.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us. Our team are here to support you and will be by your side every step of the way.

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