Apprenticeship FAQs

Helpful tips, advice and responses to frequently asked questions for people thinking about starting an apprenticeship.

If you have any questions that aren’t included below, please just get in touch.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job where you get real work experience and professional work-based training. An apprenticeship takes 1 to 5 years to complete depending on the level of the apprenticeship. At Intequal, we deliver Level 3 and 4 apprenticeships, and these vary between 1.5 to 2 years. A Level 3 apprenticeship is equivalent to 2 A levels, and Level 4 is equivalent to a foundation degree.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will have an industry recognised apprenticeship certified by the Institute of Apprenticeships. And the best part is you don’t have to worry about any training costs or student loans – you’ll receive a real wage, and the cost of your apprenticeship is covered by your employer.

There are apprenticeships available in almost every industry. But at Intequal, we deliver apprenticeships in the tech sector – an industry that’s currently doubling in size every year and has seen a 50% increase in tech job vacancies. This means that tech companies need technically trained employees. And we can help you get there through an apprenticeship. Find out more about the digital and IT apprenticeships that Intequal deliver.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic route to a lifelong career for young people and adults of all ages and backgrounds. They’re available to anyone aged 16 and over living in England.

For Level 3 digital and IT apprenticeships, you usually don’t need any prior experience in the tech sector or job role that you’re applying for. You could be unemployed or leaving school and looking for a way to get started in the tech industry. Or, you might be employed looking to make a career change or upskill in your current tech role.

For Level 4 digital and IT apprenticeships, you’ll usually have some prior experience in a similar role but at a more junior level. Or you may have completed a Level 3 apprenticeship or foundational training, such as a Skills Bootcamp. You may also be looking to develop or upskill in your current tech role.

As you can see, apprenticeships are very versatile and there are options suitable for people from all different walks of life. If you’re wondering if apprenticeships are right for you, simply get in touch with our team for further advice.

How much can I earn on an apprenticeship?

You may have heard the catchy slogan that apprenticeships are a great way to ‘learn while you earn.’ And it is true! During your apprenticeship you’ll be paid a set wage determined by your employer and will receive a weekly or monthly salary as well as paid holiday leave. The best part – the time you need to complete your apprenticeship training won’t be deducted from your wage. On an apprenticeship with Intequal, you can attend your virtual apprenticeship training sessions during working hours, while still getting paid.

The apprenticeship training is paid for by your employer, meaning you won’t have to contribute to training costs. Compare this to the thousands of pounds of student loan debt that college or university students experience.

Where will I study and how is the apprenticeship delivered?

With Intequal as your apprenticeship training provider, all your learning is done at the workplace. We deliver apprenticeship training through a mixture of weekly online learning sessions, group portfolio workshops, regular progress reviews and success skills workshops. You can choose to attend these virtual sessions at your desk, a meeting room, coffee shop – anywhere agreed to with your employer.

This method of online learning means you won’t have any extra expenses or time lost compared to travelling to a college or miss valuable experiences in the office because you’re in a classroom. Instead, learning on-the-job means you get to apply your new skills and knowledge instantly at your workplace.

You can find out more about our apprenticeship delivery here.

What happens after my apprenticeship?

At the end of your apprenticeship training, you’ll have to complete a range of assessment activities, called End-point Assessment. Assessments will depend on your chosen apprenticeship and may include a professional discussion, scenario-based tests, a portfolio of your work or a simulation activity. Intequal will help you train and prepare for your End-point Assessment.

Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship assessment, you’ll achieve your digital or IT apprenticeship. You may stay in your job as a full-time permanent employee and use your new and high in-demand tech skills and knowledge.

Alternatively, you may have the opportunity to continue onto a higher-level apprenticeship to learn more advanced technical skills and knowledge.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

If you’re unemployed or just coming out of school, an apprenticeship training provider like Intequal can help match you with a local employer who has a tech apprenticeship vacancy. You can apply for the apprenticeship vacancy by submitting your CV using our online portal, Just Apply. If you need guidance on writing a CV for an apprenticeship application, you can access it here.

We can also help if you’re employed and looking to change careers or upskill in your current role. We’ll chat through any of your prior work experience to establish the right apprenticeship level and match you with a local employer who’s has an apprenticeship vacancy in a tech area you may be interested in. Alternatively, if you want to do the apprenticeship with your current employer, we can help manage those conversations and identify a suitable apprenticeship programme for you.

If you’re ready to get started, you can view all of our current apprenticeship job vacancies, or simply get in touch and we can talk through your career goals and questions.

I’m a parent – what do I need to know about apprenticeships?

College or university aren’t the right choice for everyone. Sometimes parents and teachers aren’t comfortable promoting apprenticeships because they themselves have taken a traditional academic route or don’t understand the opportunities a modern digital or IT apprenticeship provides.

It’s important that young people know all of their options and recognise that by doing an apprenticeship, they will not have the debt, stress or uncertainty of job hunting when their university course has finished.

Putting your trust into an experienced digital and IT apprenticeship training provider like Intequal means that your child will receive industry-leading, modern training in areas that are vital to the future of our digital world. We offer personalised support for any learning needs they may have, with technical training delivered by specialists.

What’s more, your child will become an expert in their chosen area, acquiring the tech skills that are in high demand by businesses today. Setting them up for a fulfilling and exciting career in tech!

Want a little bit more insight into an apprentice’s experience with Intequal? Read about the success of our apprentices and employers on our Insights page.