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’ll

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

You can apply from the age of 16 – details are here.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’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. More information about apprenticeships and EHCPs.

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.

To see what can be available to you, look at our preparing for adult life page.

Skill Up Somerset – Apprenticeship and Skills Advisory Service
You can find free impartial advice and guidance about Apprenticeships and Supported Employment on the Skill Up Somerset website