What is a Higher Apprenticeship?
A Higher Apprenticeship functions pretty much like a normal apprenticeship in the sense that it will give you a mix of on and off-the-job training. However, these apprenticeships are designed to equip you with more advanced skills and qualifications. In some cases, they offer another, albeit sometimes longer route to gaining a university qualification. It’s a really unique chance to earn while you learn. Because it’s the crème de la crème of apprenticeships, there are fewer Higher Apprenticeships. However, more and more companies and organisations are offering them.
What are the entry requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship?
It’s a serious apprenticeship and, as a result, those doing this level of apprenticeship are usually 18 and over. Entry requirements will vary, but usually people who have already done an Advanced Apprenticeship or who have a minimum of two A-levels will be eligible for a Higher Apprenticeship. If you don’t have those, employers might take into account previous work experience or other criteria instead.
What Qualifications will I get with a Higher Apprenticeship?
The high entry requirements reflect the nature of the qualifications you’ll gain with this apprenticeship. Qualifications that Higher Apprentices might work towards include a Level 4 or above Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification, such as a Foundation Degree or HND. These qualifications are equivalent of a Higher Education qualification. You might then be able to top up your qualification to a full undergraduate degree or pursue a master’s degree, or a relevant professional qualification. Indeed, in the near future, some Higher Apprenticeships will be offering apprentices the chance to gain an undergraduate degree or master’s degree as part of the Apprenticeship placement.
Will I get paid?
Of course you will. If you’re under 19, you’re entitled to the National Apprentice minimum wage. Once you are over 19, you’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However, many employers will pay higher apprentices more than the National Minimum Wage.
As Higher Apprentices are a step above Advanced and Intermediate Apprenticeships, you’ll likely get paid a little bit more than other apprentices.
Employers offering Higher Apprenticeships
Small and medium-sized companies do offer Higher Apprenticeships, but these large companies also offer Higher Apprenticeships, sometimes as part of a School Leavers Programme:
Jaguar Land Rover