What is an apprenticeship?

what is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a nationally-recognised training programme that combines practical on-the-job training with study.

Apprentices develop the technical skills they need to do the job, while studying towards a vocational qualification.

Businesses employ apprentices to carry out a real job, working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills that contributes to the overall goals of your company. 

At the same time, apprentices attend classes at City and Islington College to learn and refine the knowledge they need to succeed within your organisation, and gain a recognised qualification.

An apprenticeship takes 1 to 4 years to complete, depending on the level.

Levels of apprenticeship

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A Level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a Foundation Degree

Support from the College

By working City and Islington College, we help to find the right person for the job and our dedicated team are on hand to help and support you throughout the process,  Our College staff work alongside you at all times to ensure personal targets are agreed and monitored for the duration of the apprenticeship.

All apprenticeships

View all our apprenticeships in the course search online.

Key National Facts about Apprenticeships

  • since 2010, there have been over 2 million apprenticeship starts in England
  • apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance – with 1500 job roles available
  • women now take up 55% of apprenticeships
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship (includes 2% self-employed)
  • 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer
  • 82% said their apprenticeship had improved their ability to do the job and 79% said that their career prospects had improved