What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to get into work and learn a new job role. An apprenticeship could be the start of a young person’s career within your company.

An apprenticeship will include:

  • Working alongside experienced staff
  • Gaining essential skills for their new job role
  • Earning a wage and receiving holiday pay
  • Studying towards a relevant qualification (tailored by your company)

As an apprentice’s new employer, you will decide how and where the apprentice receives training and how often training will take place.

Training is delivered:

• Mainly on the job, at their place of work, however some training may be at our training centre in blocks of a few days if specialist sessions are required.

The length of an apprenticeship will depend on the type of work that they are doing and the qualification level that you require. Most of the apprenticeships delivered with QA Associates are completed within 14 months.

What are the benefits of taking on an Apprentice?

  • Apprenticeships provide you with the skilled workforce you need for the future.
  • You can tailor an apprenticeship to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business.
  • You can choose the qualifications and training to meet your business needs.
  • Apprentices bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the company.
  • You can train the apprentice to fit in with company policies and company ethos.
  • An apprentice can mean new opportunities for existing staff to mentor, teach and develop their own skills.
  • Funding could be available.

QA Associates have Intermediate Apprenticeships at Level 2 and Advanced Apprenticeships at Level 3 in the Aviation Industry, Logistics, The Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce and Hospitality, covering a wide range of job roles.

How do I advertise for an apprentice?

Advertising for an apprentice is very similar to advertising for new staff.
Most apprenticeship vacancies will require the young person to complete an application form and to send in a copy of their CV. If they are successful, you will contact them to invite to attend an interview.

There are several places that you can advertise for an apprentice:

  • The National Apprenticeship website
  • Online at
  • Job sites such as CV-Library, Reed and Universal Job Match
  • Your local Job Centre
  • On the companies website
  • On our company website
  • Through your local college
  • In the local newspaper

Alternatively, we can help you with recruitment; please contact our team on 01773 748866 or by email: for further details.



 What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is when an individual works and gains new qualifications and skills at the same time.

As an apprentice, you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay.

What makes an apprenticeship different to another job is that you will also be working towards a package of qualifications alongside your job. These qualifications will be directly relevant to the job that you are doing, whatever role you are working in.

There are lots of benefits to doing an apprenticeship, these include:

  • Getting hands on work experience with an employer
  • Earning a wage whilst you learn (there may be wage increases as you complete the training)
  • Getting a foot on the career ladder
  • Gaining qualifications
  • Showing employers that you can do the job
  • Adding new skills, work experience and training to your CV

Anyone can apply for an apprenticeship as long as they are over 16, they live in the UK, they are not in school and they are not in full time education.


Are there different apprenticeship levels?

There are 2 main levels of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate level – equivalent to 5 GCSE’s
  • Advanced level – equivalent to 2 A Level’s


Which companies offer apprenticeships?

It could be that you end up working with a large company who you might have heard of before, or it could be that you will be working with a smaller business that you may not have heard of before. It’s important you do your research and see what you can find out about the company before you start applying. Some companies that look really small can have amazing opportunities for their apprentices where you might work on some really innovative and creative projects or even travel overseas.


Where does QA Associates fit in?

QA are a training provider that works with the employer to assist you to achieve your apprenticeship. We provide the training and assessment that is required to achieve all the modules and qualifications that make up an apprenticeship.

Contact our team on 01773748866

or by email: for further details.