Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

As an apprentice you will:

You can apply from the age of 16

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

NameLevelEquivalent educational level
Advanced3A level
Higher4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.

EHCPs and apprenticeships

People with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) can also apply for an apprenticeship. You can find more information about apprenticeships and EHCP’s here

Apprentices aged 19 to 25 with an EHCP are fully funded on the same terms and funding rates as 16 to 18 year old apprentices. There is full information about apprenticeship, from 16 years upwards and whether you have an EHCP or not, available from the government website.

If you are an employer and are wondering about employing an apprentice, look at the apprenticeship website employers hub for what it will cost you.

If you are unsure about the Maths and English requirements for an apprenticeship and your young person has an EHCP, please read about the change in requirements that took place in 2017.

 Apprenticeships at Somerset County Council

You can look for local apprenticeship vacancies with the County Council on the Somerset County Council website jobs page, or vacancies with other local employers on the national Apprenticeship Finder website.

Somerset Colleges also work with local businesses to help them find apprentices.

The County Council recruits around 100 apprentices a year, providing opportunities to young people of different abilities and interests. Apprenticeships are available from GCSE to Masters Degrees, all fully funded. So, whether you want to be a solicitor or work in a nursery, have always seen yourself as an engineer or want to work in a library, there’s an opportunity for you. As apprenticeship places are usually filled one at a time, there isn’t a prospectus or course guide available.

If you want to get into employment, but an apprenticeship is not for you, people with an EHCP have other choices. Supported internships are one option – find out more on our supported internship page. You can also see what’s available to you on our preparing for adult life page.

Apprenticeships at Somerset Skills and Learning

Somerset Skills and Learning offer a variety of apprenticeships including teaching, childcare, customer service, business administration and leadership and management.
You can find out more on their website

Skill Up Somerset – Apprenticeship and Skills Advisory Service

Nicky and Marie, Apprenticeship and Skills Advisers, talk about traineeships, apprenticeships, supported employment and how Skill Up Somerset can help. Skill Up Somerset is a free and impartial advisory service, helping individuals and businesses navigate the skills landscape across Somerset.  You can find free impartial advice and guidance about Apprenticeships and Supported Employment on the Skill Up Somerset website.

Last reviewed:November 22, 2022 byGemma

Next review due:May 22, 2023

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