What is it?
Higher apprenticeships lead to work-based learning qualifications such as National Vocational Qualification Level 4, a Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma or a knowledge-based qualification such as a foundation degree.
These are aimed at people aged over 18 with level 3 qualifications or those progressing from Advanced Apprenticeships. These are currently available in Accounting, Contact Centres, IT professionals, Engineering Technology, and Purchasing and Supply. However, this is an area of growth and more Higher Apprenticeship frameworks are being developed to cover a broader range of sectors.
Where could I study?
You will be linked to a college or training provider. In some cases the college or training provider might help you find an employer with a vacancy or you can search for local vacancies by registering on Apprenticeship vacancies.
How long will it take me?
It varies - depending on the sector, the qualification you’re going for and the skills you already have. Generally, a Higher Apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete.
Options after the course?
Completing a Higher Apprenticeship can lead to further training at the next level, such as a degree. The majority of apprentices will continue working for the company they trained with and may be able to work towards promotion.