What do Apprenticeships offer?

This information is designed for use by apprentices. If you are a union rep, see our Information and resources for union reps.

Apprenticeships are made up of four compulsory elements:

Competency based qualification

A competency based qualification, such as an NVQ, which proves that you are able to demonstrate the skill, trade or occupation to which the apprenticeship relates – this must be achieved in order to qualify for an Apprenticeship certificate.

Technical certificate

A technical certificate, such as a BTEC, to show you understand the underpinning theory or knowledge related to the Apprenticeship; sometimes an Apprenticeship framework may have an integrated qualification that combines competence and technical knowledge elements in which each element is separately assessed.

Key skills or functional skills

Either Key Skills (e.g. working in teams, problemsolving, communication and using new technology) or Functional Skills (e.g. Maths and English) qualifications or a GCSE with enhanced content.

Rights and responsibilities

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) in the workplace – every apprentice is required to demonstrate that they know and understand the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law. These include health and safety and equality and diversity procedures.

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