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Apprenticeship Information

Further details on the Apprenticeship process

Apprenticeships at a Glance

  • Combine on-the-job training with classroom learning.

  • Study from intermediate (GCSE equivalent) to degree level.

  • Apprenticeships take between one and six years to complete.

  • You'll earn at least the National Minimum Wage while you train.

Real Employment

On an apprenticeship you're employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification - usually for one day a week either at a college, a university, or a training centre.

Practical Skills

By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress to the next apprenticeship level.

Nationally Recognised

What you'll learn depends on the role you're training for. However, apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means you'll gain a nationally-recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships can include:

  • Functional skills: GCSE-level qualifications in English, maths and IT.

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs): From Level 2 (about five GCSEs) up to Level 5 (similar to a postgraduate degree).

  • Technical certificates: Such as BTEC, City and Guild Progression Award etc.

  • Academic qualifications: Including a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), foundation degree or the equivalent of a full Bachelors degree.

Apprenticeship Levels

There are four different levels of apprenticeship:

Intermediate Level (Level 2)

Equivalent to five good GCSE passes.

Advanced Level (Level 3)

Equivalent to two A-level passes.

Higher Level (Level 4)

Degree Level (Level 5)

Comparable to a Bachelors or Masters degree.

Equivalent to the first stages of higher education, such as a foundation degree.

All Apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices – and many employers pay significantly more.

Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by a training organisation, either at the workplace, off-site (perhaps at college) or online.

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector.

CFT Learner Journey for Apprentices


Referral made to CFT with learner details


Eligibility of learner checked & confirmed 


Initial Assessment and Guidance  completed


Submission of enrolment to contracts department


Learner allocated to assessor and contacted


Follow CFT Delivery Model shown below


Portfolio submitted for Verification/ certification


Certificate released subject to all

CFT Apprenticeship Delivery Model

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The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace. This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.

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