Apprenticeships are often viewed solely as a pathway for school leavers to join the workforce. With so many Apprenticeship opportunities, this route can also be utilised in your learning and development plans to upskill employees across all levels and age ranges.

Apprenticeships can support with:

  • Closing organisational skills gaps by retraining or upskilling employees to meet needs.
  • Engaging employees through investing in their professional development.
  • Increasing employee retention through commitment to building their skills.

Apprenticeships are a flexible to enhance your workforce. Not only can they fit around shift patterns and working hours in sectors which have non-typical patterns, but they can also take existing employee skill levels through prior learning into account with options to accelerate the Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are fall under qualification levels and are available across levels 2 – 7. Equivalent education level 2 includes 5 GCSE’s (A*-C), level 3 includes 2 A-Level passes, level 4 includes higher national certificate (HNC), level 5 includes a foundation degree or higher national diploma (HND), level 6 includes a bachelor’s degree and level 7 includes a master’s degree. Find additional information about qualification levels here What qualification levels mean: England, Wales and Northern Ireland – GOV.UK (

With such a comprehensive range of options, Apprenticeships are a proven route to upskilling your workforce. Designed by employers, Apprenticeships are reflective of modern-day organisational needs in building the relevant knowledge, skills, and behaviours to suit business sector needs.