What is an Apprenticeship?

Kick start your future with an Apprenticeship

If you want a great start to your career, an apprenticeship could be the answer. They are a fantastic alternative to traditional sixth form and college routes, meaning you’ll be working and earning a wage while getting qualified.

During an apprenticeship you will:

  • have a job
  • earn a wage
  • gain nationally recognised qualifications
  • receive industry-specific training on the job
  • gain real industry experience
  • get paid holidays

During your apprenticeship, you’ll spend most of the week (usually four days) at work learning practical skills, and attend college one day a week to learn the theory side of your job. You’ll also gain other transferable workplace skills such as maths, English, ICT and communication. We will support both you and your employer throughout your training, which usually lasts between one and two years.

When you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll have gained nationally recognised qualifications and the experience and the skills you’ll need to succeed in your chosen career. Many apprentices find that their employers offer them a permanent position at the end of their apprenticeship, meaning they have great opportunities for progression in their workplace.

At Crawley College you can study apprenticeships at three different levels:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 2 vocational qualifications
  • Advanced Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 3 vocational qualifications
  • Higher Apprenticeship – which will lead to nationally recognised Level 4 vocational qualifications

The level you study at will depend on your existing qualifications and experience.

For more information call our Skills Advisers on 01293 442200 (press 4) or email

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