Apprenticeships

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships imageApprenticeships are work-based training programmes that have been designed to create a high calibre workforce in order to meet the current and future needs of industry and commerce. Apprenticeships are available to anyone aged 16 years and over.

Sector Skills Councils work with employers and awarding organisations to develop an Apprenticeship framework which sets out what each Apprentice needs to achieve.

There are a wide range of Apprenticeships available across a variety of industry sectors including Construction, Hospitality and Retail occupations.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken slightly different approaches to what is included in their countries’ Apprenticeship frameworks. The table below details what is required in each country.

Access table
England Wales Northern Ireland
A relevant competency qualification eg an NVQ A relevant competency qualification eg an NVQ A relevant competency qualification eg an NVQ
A knowledge-based qualification A knowledge-based qualification A knowledge-based qualification
Functional Skills/GCSE/Key Skills Essential Skills Wales/Key Skills* Essential Skills Northern Ireland
Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Employee Rights and Responsibilities Employee Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)    

* Learners in Wales who have already achieved A/AS/GCSEs in English and Maths are not exempt from undertaking Essential Skills Wales/Key Skills.

We offer a range of QCF competence and knowledge qualifications registered on the national apprenticeship frameworks.  We also offer Functional Skills.

Browse our QCF subjects to find out more about what we offer or speak to our Business development team about how we can support you.

Contact our Business Development Team:

Telephone: 0303 333 0330
Email: mycentre@sqa.org.uk

In Scotland, Modern Apprenticeships are available. Find out more here:  http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/35912.html