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Information and guidance for schools on the Apprenticeship Levy.

Apprenticeships explained

An apprentice is an employee. They undertake real work for employers which provides an ideal opportunity for the individual to earn and learn at the same time. An apprenticeship enables on the job training whilst gaining practical skills, but is not intended to be a replacement for an established post.

Apprenticeships fall into one of 4 categories:

Intermediate apprenticeships - level 2

  • typically a GCSE leaver
  • often used as a progression tool to advanced and higher apprenticeships

Advanced apprenticeships - level 3

  • typically recruited to from GCSE level leavers and A level leavers
  • suitable for more technically advanced apprenticeships or more experienced young people

Higher apprenticeships - levels 4 to 7

  • suitable for those with a foundation degree and above
  • typically recruited to an advanced apprenticeship as part of the programme

Degree apprenticeships - levels 6 and 7

  • delivered in partnership with a university
  • includes either a bachelors or master's degree

View further guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy. The Gov.UK website also contains useful guidance for when you have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy and how to report your payments, along with guidance on how the apprenticeship funding will work.

Please see related documents section for the Apprenticeships in Schools information pack.

If you would like to discuss how an apprentice could work in your school please contact the team:


Apprenticeship broadcasts in schools

Schools in England can now access the latest apprenticeship information directly from employers and their apprentices - through a new broadcast initiative. 

During the broadcast they will hear about the latest opportunities on offer; the skills employers are looking for and how students can best prepare themselves for working life after school or college.

Funded by the National Apprenticeship Service and part of the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) project, the engaging and interactive experience will stream directly to schools – whether on individual PCs or tablets, an interactive whiteboard in a classroom or on a projector during assembly.

Schools looking to sign up to a live broadcast should visit the amazing apprenticeships website. The broadcasts will also be available to view on catch up if schools are unable to view them live.

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