It’s national Apprenticeship Week and City of Liverpool College are leading the way in Liverpool

With 4th-8th March marking National Apprenticeship Week, and with more people choosing to undertake apprenticeships, The City of Liverpool College, which is leading the way in developing new and innovative ways of providing professional development and organisational productivity, shares some facts about apprenticeships that you may not know…

  1. Apprenticeships are for everyone, at all ages and stages

Apprenticeships are open and available to anyone who is interested in completing one, at any stage of their career. A common misconception is that apprenticeships are for young people only, or for men, but this isn’t true. Furthermore, education level doesn’t impact a person’s chances of getting an apprenticeship – they can start straight after completing their GCSEs or A Levels. They can also take up an apprenticeship if they already have a degree or are working full time. 

  1. You can be an apprentice in almost anything 

Whether it’s construction, plumbing, catering, marketing, technology, surveying, law, accounting, food technology or health and social care, there is an apprenticeship for everyone. 

  1. You can be an apprentice and work towards a university degree 

Many apprenticeships available are to degree or professional level, which is equivalent to a university degree. Apprentices completing on this level will combine on-the-job learning with lectures, seminars, and independent study, and will graduate with a fully accredited degree, which they can then use to progress to master’s level.

  1. There are no tuition fees 

If someone undertakes an apprenticeship the training costs are paid for by the Government or a combination of the Government and the employer, meaning no debts are incurred.

  1. There are four different types of apprenticeship:

  •  Intermediate (Level 2) – roughly equivalent to five GCSEs.
  •  Advanced (Level 3) – roughly equivalent to two A levels/Highers.
  •  Higher/technical (levels 4 to 7) – equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND). With a higher apprenticeship, you have the opportunity to carry on to a foundation degree.
  •  Degree/professional (levels 5 to 7) – equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. You’ll combine on-the-job learning with lectures, seminars, and independent study, and will graduate with a fully accredited degree. You can even progress to master’s level.

  1. Apprentices are entitled to discounted bus travel 

The metro mayor for the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram has recently announced that apprentices will be able to buy half price bus tickets from local bus operators Arriva and Stagecoach, which will save them up to £420 per year in travel. 

  1. Earn while you learn

One of the best features of an apprenticeship is the opportunity to earn a real wage while completing a qualification. An apprenticeship can also give a real-world idea of what life will be like if you pursue the profession. 

  1. Apprentices make businesses more productive

Research has shown that employing apprentices improves the productivity of businesses, with the Centre for Economics and Business Research reporting that an apprentice can boost a business’s productivity by up to £10,000 per year, with figures for some sectors being even higher.

By investing in their people and their qualifications and skills, businesses are equipping themselves to build high-performing teams to drive their business forward and boost long-term employee retention.

The City of Liverpool College is engaged with over 1,000 local employers to deliver a highly- trained, highly-skilled workforce. If you want to find out more about how an apprenticeship could benefit you, contact the team at


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