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Higher and technical apprenticeships

Find out more about higher and technical apprenticeships, and how to find one that's right for you.
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Higher apprenticeships in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and technical apprenticeships in Scotland, provide an opportunity to gain a higher education qualification, with most apprentices gaining an NVQ Level 4, SVQ at SCQF Levels 8 and 9, HND, or foundation degree. They can take from one to five years to complete, and involve part-time study at a college, university, or training provider. According to government figures, 90% of apprentices in England stayed on in employment after completing their qualification; 71% with the same employer.

Emma is doing a higher apprenticeship in England to become a design engineer. Here's her story.


What's available?

Do your research!

  • Check out the range and number of vacancies being advertised in the area(s) you're interested in. Check on a regular basis so you can get an idea of the availability of opportunities relevant to your interests.
  • What is the timeframe from the vacancy being advertised to the application deadline and apprenticeship start date? This will give you an idea of how you need to prepare, and how quickly you will need to apply.

Competition for apprenticeships can be tough — partly because there are often only a limited number of vacancies available, particularly on higher and the new degree level apprenticeships, but also because school/college leavers and adults already in employment will be able to apply to them too. Employers may also be considering applications from existing employees, who may be applying for apprenticeships for the career progression opportunities they can offer.

To get an idea of what higher apprenticeships are available to study, take a look at the government's list of types of apprenticeship (100.05 KB) You can find out more on the GOV.UK website.      

For technical apprenticeships in Scotland, visit Skills Development Scotland's website for a list of apprenticeships by sector.

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