Apprenticeships & Courses

Raising the nation’s productivity is one of the UK Government’s top priorities for the next 5 years and their goal is for young people, adults seeking career development and employers to see apprenticeships as a high quality and prestigious pathway to successful careers at all levels and to reach an ambitious target of 3m apprenticeships started by 2020...

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Apprentices are employed; productively work on everyday tasks required by the organisation and earn a wage whilst at the same time study and gain new skills with the help of the training delivery partner.

Almost anyone can embark on an Apprenticeship, they are used as a career starting block for young people entering the world of work, for adults seeking a new career pathway and skills, a career development process for existing staff (including management) and for employers seeking skills development of their existing team and a talent pipeline for new recruits.


  • work alongside experienced staff

  • gain job-specific skills

  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay

  • study towards a related qualification


Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.


​Types of apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industry sectors with employers from large national companies to smaller local companies, covering more than 170 industries and 1,500 job roles; from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning. By clicking on a link, this will take you to the range of apprenticeship frameworks available in the chosen sector and some useful Youtube clips.

New Apprenticeship standards as part of the Apprenticeship reforms programme are also being developed to replace the current frameworks delivered by training providers, Apprenticeship standards are designed by employers.


Here is a list of all Apprenticeship standards either developed or in development. more information on the reforms and standards are on our levy and reforms page here.


WTPN members are currently migrating to Apprenticeship standards in line with Govt policy and are adopting them as they become fully developed. This process will be on-going over the next couple of years as standards become available.

Here is an example of one of the latest standards approved, the Chartered Managers Degree Apprenticeship

An employer can hire staff of all ages and use an Apprenticeship to train them, With the new Apprenticeship reforms coming in May 2017 even graduates can now embark on Apprenticeships.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational level:

  • Intermediate level 2: 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C

  • Advanced level 3: 2 A level passes

  • Higher level 4,5,6 and 7: Foundation degree and above

  • Degree 6 and 7: Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Apprenticeships are for people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.

Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships help businesses to grow

The national apprenticeship service website states that 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business and 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.

  • Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce
    Businesses that offer apprenticeships think that they help with their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, businesses usually employ an apprentice to improve the skills available within their organisation.

  • Apprenticeships improve productivity while reducing costs
    Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by helping businesses to expand the skills available in the organisation. The average person completing an apprenticeship increases productivity by £214 a week. These gains include increased profits, lower prices and better products.



Most of the training is on-the-job at an employer's premises, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace. Off-the-job training is provided by a training organisation (sometimes referred to as a training provider) and may be delivered in the workplace or through day or block release at premises away from the working environment.

More information

Whether you are an employer looking to explore Apprenticeships for your staff or looking to recruit or have a query about the new Levy and reforms, or a teacher or CEIAG staff looking for further information about Apprenticeships and our member organisations please click on a relevant tab at the top of the page,

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Levy and Reforms

Apprenticeship Reforms and Key Information for Employers

Higher & Degree

Higher and degree apprenticeships offer a work-based learning programme and lead to a nationally recognised qualification
The West of England Apprenticeship Grant for Employers is an incentive scheme for employers who wish to employ an apprentice.
Apprenticeships offer a chance for employers to recruit keen and dynamic new employees that want to learn and develop careers. 

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