Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

An apprenticeship is a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification while learning on the job skills specific to your chosen area.

An apprenticeship could be for you if you live in England, are not currently in full-time education and do not have a university degree.

You will work towards nationally recognised qualifications such as an NVQ, functional (key) skills and FE qualifications. An overall apprenticeship framework certificate will be awarded when all the individual components are achieved.

Apprenticeships generally take one to four years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Lancashire Constabulary offers 12 month apprenticeships where you will work towards NVQ level 2.

Find out what it's like to become an apprentice from those who have done it already by reading through some of our case studies.

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