Higher apprenticeships offer a mix of on and off-the-job training but are much more specialised than normal apprenticeships. Apprentices on Higher apprenticeship schemes gain much more advanced skills and qualifications. Because of this, they are often paid far more than the minimum wage required. Furthermore, entry requirements are much higher; candidates should have already completed level 3 qualifications, such as BTEC level 3, A-levels or an advanced apprenticeship.

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The Programme:

There are currently 47 higher apprenticeships available, in a range of sectors and different job roles and this number is growing every year. At the moment, higher apprenticeships are available on levels 4 to 7. Level four is equal to a foundation degree, level six is equal to a BA or BSc and level seven is equal to an MA or MSc.

Because they are so advanced, higher apprenticeships are usually developed in tandem with a university who will provide the training elements of the programme.


Finding a Higher Apprenticeship:

Like lower level apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships are advertised on the Government’s website. Candidates should be aware that because there are so few of them and they are so specialised, higher apprenticeships tend to be far more competitive.

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