Home > Study & Qualifications > Qualifications You Can Get as an Apprentice

Qualifications You Can Get as an Apprentice

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 9 Jun 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Professional Qualifications Vocational

An apprenticeship allows you to have the best of both worlds by gaining professional experience and on the job training while also studying for a recognised qualification.

On top of the NVQ you will receive, you may also have the opportunity to gain a technical qualification as well as industry specific and soft skills. These qualifications and experience will help you move on once your apprenticeship ends and provide you with a number of options.

National Vocational Qualifications

As part of your apprenticeship you will study for a national vocational qualification or NVQ. There are a number of different levels but you will either work towards an NVQ 2 which is equivalent to five GCSEs at A-C grade or an NVQ3 which is equivalent to two A levels or one vocational A level.

National vocational qualifications have set requirements and are recognised by education providers and employers across the country. They are practically based but you also need to study at college and complete coursework related to your chosen job.

Professional Qualifications

As well studying for your national vocational qualification you may also be able to work for professional qualifications. These will be technically based and be very specific to your industry and field of work.

These are likely to be either a BTEC national diploma or a City and Guilds progression award. Being able to gain one of these as well as you NVQ will help you stand out from the crowd when you apply for future jobs or further education.

Key Skills

Employers are looking for more than just qualifications in a potential employee. They want to know that they are choosing someone who can work well in a team, communicate effectively and be proactive.

These attributes or key skills are important and you will work on developing them throughout your apprenticeship. As your skills increase your employer will tick them off so that you have a record to show your development.

What You Can Do Next

Once you have completed your apprenticeship there are lots of options available to you. The harder you have worked and the more you have achieved in terms of qualifications, training and skills, the more choices you will have.

You may decide that you want to stay with your current employer but if that isn’t possible or you want to move on then think about what you want. Some apprentices will look for a new job while other use their experience as a stepping stone onto further education.

As well as the practical element of an apprenticeship, you will also be working towards a number of qualifications. The main one will be a national vocational qualification (NVQ) at either level two or three. On top of this you may be able to gain a technical or professional qualification such as a BTEC or city and guilds.

Also don’t forget about ticking off you key skills to show employers. These qualifications will all help to keep your options open when you complete your apprenticeship.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Kerry
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    I am 31 haven't worked for 12 years due to caring for my children. I would like to start an apprentice but because an…
    17 August 2019
  • Jo E.
    Re: Your Rights as an Apprentice
    My daughter has just started a hairdressing apprenticeship. She has been told that they will hold back her first two weeks salary.…
    14 August 2019
  • Ali
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    Hi if I do a apprenticeship will I get any childcare vouchers help, my partner and I both work full and part time. Thanks ali
    9 August 2019
  • Mimph
    Re: Making an Apprentice Redundant
    My grandson has to attend a meeting to discuss reduntancy, his employers are trading at a loss. He has been informed he can take…
    3 August 2019
  • Cathy
    Re: Your Rights as an Apprentice
    Hi my son is 22 and just finished his first year in his apprenticeship, he had a meeting last month with his boss and was told he…
    30 July 2019
  • Staffy
    Re: Apprentices' Frequently Asked Questions
    Hi. I’ve paid for and completed my level 2&3 electrical installations course myself and working for a small company…
    26 July 2019
  • Chloe
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    Hi, I have a 3 year old and wanting to start an apprenticeship 30 minimum a week on apprentice wage, I want to know if I’d…
    24 July 2019
  • Fraz1975
    Re: Your Rights as an Apprentice
    My son just lost his job today 3 years into his apprenticeship. The reason he was told was he was not up to standard even though…
    23 July 2019
  • Fraz1975
    Re: Can I Sack an Apprentice?
    My son was in his 3rd if his apprenticeship, he went to work as normal today and got sacked now he said that he never had any warning…
    23 July 2019
  • Tine
    Re: Working Hours and Holidays
    My daughter is employed as a hairdresser apprentice in Glasgow. Now she has been hospitalized and will probably stay for more than 4…
    18 July 2019