What’s the Difference between the Levels of Apprenticeships?

The different levels of apprenticeships can be confusing. The level of apprenticeship you should apply for depends on the qualifications you already have, and there are options to progress further once you have completed your chosen apprenticeship, too.

All apprenticeships involve work-based learning, and take place at a college or private training company. Most apprenticeships will take around 1-4 years to complete, with most of this time being spent working with an employer, and some at a college or with a training provider. Apprentices must no longer be in full time education, be aged 15 or over and not have already completed a qualification at level 4 or above.

Level 2 Apprenticeships (Intermediate)

Level 2 apprenticeships are equivalent to 5 GCSE passes. To be accepted, students need to appear enthusiastic, ready to learn and have a reasonable standard of education. After completing a Level 2 apprenticeship, further options include:

  • Moving into full time employment within the company the apprenticeship was completed with
  • Applying for full time jobs related to the intermediate apprenticeship qualification
  • Progressing onto an advanced apprenticeship with a new or existing employer
  • Moving into full time employment within the company the apprenticeship was completed with
  • Applying for full time jobs related to the advanced apprenticeship qualification
  • Moving on to gain a degree level qualification
  • Progressing onto a higher apprenticeship with a new or existing employer
  • Studying for a degree at university
  • Progressing onto a degree level apprenticeship (though this is not available for all qualifications)
  • Moving into full time employment within the company the apprenticeship was completed with
  • Applying for full time jobs related to the higher apprenticeship qualification
  • Opting to be self-employed or freelance

Level 3 Apprenticeships (Advanced)

Level 3 apprenticeships are equivalent to 2 A-Level passes. To be accepted, students need to have at least 5 GCSE passes, or have completed a level 2 apprenticeship. After completing a Level 3 apprenticeship, further options include:

Level 4/5 Apprenticeships (Higher)

Level 4 apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree. To be accepted, students should have a level 3 qualification, for example A-Levels, or have completed a level 3 apprenticeship. After completely a Level 4 apprenticeship, further options include:

GET have been providing work-based learning in engineering for over 40 years and train apprentices in mechanical, electrical, maintenance, welding and fabrication. If you’re looking for an apprenticeship in engineering, get in touch with the team today via our contact page or by calling us on 01452 423461.