Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeship

Level 3 Apprenticeships or Advanced apprenticeships that the equivalent of you getting 2 good A-Level passes and come just after intermediate (level 2) apprenticeships. These are a great opportunity for you after school if you have great GCSEs or even after college to get your foot in the door.

Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3)

Level 3 Apprenticeships or Advanced apprenticeships that the equivalent of you getting 2 good A-Level passes and come just after intermediate (level 2) apprenticeships. These are a great opportunity for you after school if you have great GCSEs or even after college to get your foot in the door. Advanced apprenticeships are often a great opportunity for you if you want to get a degree and higher-level qualification’s but don’t want to go to university. Many employers streamline their apprenticeships starting at advanced level.

As an advanced apprentice, you’ll be working full-time with an employer and spending time studying towards a qualification with a training provider or at college. You’ll study towards qualifications at the same level as two A-Level passes, such as NVQ Level 3, and a knowledge-based qualification such as BTEC Diploma and Certificate, relevant to the sector and job role. Some of these are also accredited by institutes depending on where you study – so you could be chartered in engineering or marketing and much more!

Your apprenticeship will be designed to slowly start giving you more responsibility the further you get through your qualification and the more comfortable you get with your organisation. You could be managing areas of your team as an advanced apprentice! However, if you don’t feel comfortable with lots of responsibility, your employer will offer you support to get to this point further down in your career. You’ll also have specialist training with the company while learning key employability skills.

To get onto and advanced apprenticeship, it is likely that you will need some formal qualifications. You could have done an intermediate apprenticeship, got more than 5 GCSE’s or some A-Level passes. Alternatively, if you have a lot of experience in the industry, you may just need to pass a few basic English and maths tests.

What are they like?

As an advanced apprentice, you’ll have the same responsibilities and duties as anyone in the same job as you, you will just have more support and spend some of your time training towards a qualification. This will either be at work, or you will go to college to study. The remaining 80% of your time will be spend in your job, with the support of a workplace mentor. This could be your manager, someone else you work with or someone else who has already done the programme.

What qualification do I get?

You’ll get level 3 qualifications doing an advanced apprenticeship, this means you’ll get qualifications that are the equivalent to 2 A-levels passes. You might get BTECs or NVQs, depending on what apprenticeship you choose to do. If you don’t have English or maths qualifications, you’ll also get level 2 or 3 Functional Skills in maths and English to pass the apprenticeship programme.

Depending on your employer, you may also work on other qualifications which are more directly related to your job. That could be a qualification to use certain systems at your workplace or use certain pieces of machinery. It all depends on where you end up working!

How do they work?

As an advanced apprentice, you’ll be spending 20% of your time training towards a qualification. How you spend this time will vary depending on your employer, you might have in-house training, or you could go to an external training provider or college.

The way this is organised will also depend on your employer, you might spend once a week training or you might spend block release working for weeks on end at the company and then spend a week at college training.

Can I do an advanced or level 3 apprenticeship?

To do an advanced apprenticeship, you will probably need to have three or more GCSEs, but some employers will ask for one or two A-levels too. Other employers won’t ask for any formal qualification’s but may just ask for you to have previous experience in the industry the apprenticeship is in.

What kind of apprenticeships can you do at level 3?

There are more than 145 different apprenticeships you can do at advanced level, including:

  • Advertising and media executive
  • Animal technologist
  • Assistant accountant
  • Broadcast production assistant
  • Business administrator
  • Cabin crew
  • Dental nurse
  • Digital marketer
  • Event assistant
  • Fashion studio assistant
  • Infrastructure technician
  • Junior content producer
  • Junior journalist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Leisure duty manager
  • Mortgage adviser
  • Paralegal
  • Retail team leader
  • Teaching assistant
  • Train driver
  • Veterinary nurse

What does an employer look for in my application?

An employer will be looking for your passion for the organisation, the apprenticeship and that you see your career in that industry. As it is an advanced apprenticeship, most employers won’t be looking for a long list of employment history, but a part-time job will be something that improves your application. But employers will also be looking for other ways that you can show time management, prioritisation and skills suitable for the workplace.

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