A great way to get hands-on work experience, while you gain a formal qualification.

Explore a new career while you learn

Apprenticeships are an exciting opportunity to gain both paid experience and a qualification. It’s a chance to learn on the job, meet a variety of new people and be supported within an inclusive environment along the way.

Not only do you get paid for your work experience, but you also study at the same time; no student loans necessary! The qualifications available to you can be anything from A-levels to as high as a Master’s degree – your ambition is the only limit.

As an apprentice, you can easily manage time for working and learning. Both part-time and full-time apprentices are required to put a minimum of 20% of their working hours into study, allowing you to put your learning into practice.

You don’t have to be a certain age or just out of education to do an apprenticeship. It’s a great way to kickstart or explore a new career, gaining ‘on the job’ knowledge in real-time with hands-on experience.

What apprenticeships are offered at the Inspectorate?

The Inspectorate offers a variety of apprenticeships such as:

  • Business Administration
  • Team Leader
  • Operations Manager
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Planning (Level 7 RTPI) and many more, subject to available vacancies.

Furthermore, you are not limited to one path. Our apprenticeships allow you to be flexible, giving you the choice to have a say in how your apprenticeship develops.

Is an apprenticeship right for me?

Before applying for an apprenticeship, you may want to take a moment to consider if they are right for you.

You must be over 16, spend at least 50% of your working hours in England, have the right to work in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 consecutive years before starting the apprenticeship. Most of our apprenticeships are fulltime, however you need to work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

An apprenticeship is a big commitment, and you will be expected to be able to manage your studying alongside of your day-to-day work, so you must be willing and motivated to learn. We will ensure you will have a minimum of six hours per week to dedicate to your study’s.

There are different levels of an apprenticeship ranging from a level 2 to a level 7, which offer different levels of qualifications.

Intermediate apprenticeships:

Intermediate apprenticeships range from a level 2 (GCSE) to a level 3 (A Level) although most apprenticeships in this category are usually a level 3.

These apprenticeships are an excellent starting point for those who are starting out in their first job, coming back to work after a break or if you are looking at changing careers.

You will not usually need any previous qualifications to be eligible for these apprenticeships, however in most cases, if you do not have GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English, you will be supported to complete a qualification alongside the apprenticeship.

Higher and Degree apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships range from a level 4 to a level 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above. Degree apprenticeships are available at levels 6 and 7 and are equivalent to a full bachelor’s and Master’s. These apprenticeships are most suited to those who already have already completed a previous lower qualification on the same or similar subject, those with a reasonable amount of experience in the profession and taking the next step in their career or for graduates who are looking to continue their learning where the apprenticeship will offer substantial new learning.

Eligibility for these apprenticeships can vary greatly between the different courses. Some may require specific qualifications and others a specific amount of experience in the industry.

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Six hours of my week is dedicated to studying what I’ve just learned and it’s been paying off. I just had an exam and that went really well.

Liam EverettAccountancy Apprentice

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Did you know...?

Apprenticeships are for people of all ages – not just school leavers or young people, although they are a crucial route into work for this group.

Photo of Elizabeth Mcgregor, a Recruitment Support Officer (former HR apprentice)

When my apprenticeship was coming to an end, I decided to further my career in HR. I applied for a position which was two grades up from my role, and I was lucky enough to get the position!

Elizabeth McgregorRecruitment Support Officer (former HR apprentice)

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