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The apprenticeship programme provides proven benefits to both employers and apprentices.

For apprentices, it can equip them with the skills needed for a successful career and be a genuine alternative to going to university, or even an opportunity to combine an apprenticeship with higher education. Degree Apprenticeships have been developed as part of higher apprenticeship standards, seeing apprentices achieving a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as a core component of the apprenticeship.

Apprentices don’t have to pay anything for the apprenticeship course, it is funded by the government and their employer. In fact, all apprenticeships are real jobs so apprentices earn a salary. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage – and many employers pay significantly more.

For employers it can provide organisations with a competent, skilled work force. Training is specifically tailored to ensure apprentices develop the skills the employer wants, giving them a real advantage in the workplace.

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a relevant qualification


 Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level:





Equivalent educational level





5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C 





2 A level passes



4, 5, 6 and 7 


Foundation degree and above



6 and 7


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree


IOE qualifications eligible for apprenticeship funding:

* Level 2 Certificate in International Trade and Logistics Operations (forms part of an Intermediate Apprenticeship)
* Bachelor’s Degree in Management Practice – International Trade (BSc Hons)


To find out more about these qualifications call +44 (0)1733 404400.


What’s changing?

The government has committed to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

From April 2017, businesses with an annual pay bill of £3m+ have to pay 0.5% of their wage bill to the government (through PAYE) for an apprenticeship levy, regardless of whether they employ apprentices or not.

In return, employers will be provided with an allowance of £15,000 to offset against levy payments.

The levy will positively increase the number of apprenticeships as employers capitalise on their levy funding and look to increase their apprenticeship numbers or implement new schemes. Additionally, larger businesses are likely to ‘gravitate’ towards offering the higher level (degree) apprenticeships in order to fill skills gaps in their organisation.


How to apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship when you’re 16 or over and not in full time education.

To search for apprenticeship opportunities, visit the Apprenticeship websites:

Northern Ireland


There is a range of graduate opportunities with companies and these are mostly advertised either directly via the company’s own website or via a dedicated graduate recruitment website.


To discuss our qualifications:
Call +44 (0)1733 404400




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