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Taking an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are high quality work-based training programmes for those who want to develop their future career prospects. They combine paid work with on-the-job training, qualifications and progression.

How do Apprenticeships work?

An Apprenticeship programme is a work-based learning programme that is delivered via a blend of on and off-the-job training, whereby you can apply your skills in real work contexts. There are several units that make up an Apprenticeship: ‘competence’ units which are assessed on-the-job in the work place, and the ‘knowledge’ units (or technical certificate) which are generally taught in an off-the-job setting, such as a college - usually on a day-release basis.

The Apprenticeship programme is known as a framework and consists of:

  • A work-based qualification (usually an NVQ)
  • A technical certificate – or other knowledge based elements
  • Functional skills: English, Maths and ICT
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Types of Apprenticeships

There are two levels of apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:

Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes)

Intermediate apprentices work towards a level 2 qualification. Achievement of this may allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship

Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A Level passes)

Advanced apprentices work towards a level 3 qualification. To start this programme you should have five GCSES at Grades C or above or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16. Entry requirements vary depending on the sector and the job but generally you will be expected to have at least 3 GCSEs at Grades D or above. To take an Apprenticeship at Waltham Forest College you must already be in employment.

Not employed:

Click here for a list of Apprenticeship vacancies we have at Waltham Forest College or check for employer vacancies on the National Apprenticeships Site 


We currently offer Apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Butchery
  • Catering
  • Customer Service
  • Fashion
  • Hairdressing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Rail Track Engineering
  • Team Leading and Management

For more information, email apprenticeships@waltham.ac.uk or call 020 8501 8074. Alternatively, feel free visit one of our many Open Events hosted throughout the year. We welcome all enquiries from employers, parents, and students.


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