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Apprenticeships are available at different levels, from level 2 to level 7. The higher the level get higher, the more advanced the work and qualification will be. For example, a level 2 apprenticeship is equivalent to GCSE level, and levels 6 and 7 are equivalent to a university degree. 

  • You can apply for apprenticeships while you’re still in school or college, the only requirements are that you: 
  • Are 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays 
  • Live in England 
  • Not in full-time education by the end of the summer holidays 

Apprenticeships are jobs, so the employers decide who they are going to take on, and what the entry requirements should be. For example, some employers may ask that you have GCSEs including English and maths at certain grades. But as a generally apprenticeships should be open to everyone over the age of 16. 

As with any job, you can request extra support, which os known as ‘reasonable adjustments’ for help with the application process and for help on the apprenticeship itself (both at work and while studying).  You should speak to your tutors or careers advisers if you think you should have reasonable adjustments. 

You can find out more about apprenticeships by following these weblinks, where an employer is Disability Confident, the Disability Confident logo will be on display: 

www.disabilityrightsuk.org

www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide 

www.gov.uk/a-guide-to-apprenticeships

amazingapprenticeships.com/resources

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