What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme. Through your apprenticeship you will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills you need for your immediate job and future career. You will gain this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. An apprenticeship will give you the skills you need to get a better job and move into a career.

How can I find an Apprenticeship?
One of the best ways to find an Apprenticeship is by using the government website: You can set up a free account which will allow you to search and apply for different apprenticeship vacancies. As apprenticeships are real jobs, you will need to apply by submitting an online application using your personalised account. Finding an Apprenticeship is different to applying to 6th form, College or University. They are not all advertised on one date and they do not all start in September. Jobs are advertised throughout the year so you will need to check the website regularly to view the available positions. You can also set up ‘My alerts’ so that you receive emails and text messages when vacancies come up that you might be interested in.

View Apprenticeship Qualifications

What if I have already found a job?
If you already have an employer in place who has agreed to offer you an Apprenticeship, you will need to find a training provider to support you with your training. Please call the Business Team 01752 202269 for information about starting the programme.

How is training delivered?
You will be working, usually full time, in your job role. The qualification training will be done mainly at the workplace, with the off-the-job training accounting for at least 20% of your employed time. An assessor will regularly visit you at work to observe you performing relevant tasks and to carry out professional discussions. You will receive a login to an online portfolio and complete a variety of learning modules. English, Maths and ICT will need to be completed prior to completion, if you have not already achieved them at GCSE grade C / level 4 or above.

Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths (A*-C or 9-4 GSCE) will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

What happens when my apprenticeship finishes?
Employment opportunities may be offered to you on completion of the apprenticeship as you will have the relevant experience, skills and knowledge for the job role, and you will have built up a good relationship with the company. Progression opportunities may also include undertaking an advanced and higher apprenticeship, such as:
• Level 3 – equivalent to 2x A Levels
• Level 4 – equivalent to Higher Education Certificate/BTEC
• Level 5 – equivalent to Higher Education Diploma/Foundation Degree

Raising the participation age (RPA)
The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. If you completed year 11 in the summer you will need to continue in education or training until at least your 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school; you have a choice about how you continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:
• An Apprenticeship
• Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
• Full-time work or volunteering
• Combined with part-time education or training

Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 2017
Achievement Training supported the Plymouth Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony, in September 2017. The event, organised by the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network, saw more than 500 higher and advanced apprentices, family, friends and employers converged on Plymouth Hoe to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Plymouth’s apprentices. More than 140 apprentices donning academic dress, received their awards from Professor Simon Payne, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Plymouth University. Achievement Training are very proud of all our learners who graduated!

Picture by Paul Slater/PSI – Copyrighted Image

Picture by Paul Slater/PSI – Copyrighted ImageApprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 2016