Intermediate Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2)

Around 291,000 school leavers started an intermediate apprenticeship in 2015/16 (Parliament.uk, 2016). They are the most popular level of apprenticeship in the UK. If you’re wondering, what is an intermediate apprenticeship, and where on earth do I find one, keep reading.

Read on for an expert’s guide to the intermediate apprenticeships.

What is an intermediate apprenticeship?

An intermediate, or level 2 apprenticeship, is the first level of the modern apprenticeship. Intermediate apprentices work full-time with an employer, and spend time studying towards qualifications at a college or training provider.

Intermediate apprenticeships are designed to train a school leaver for work. There is a focus on imparting key employability skills, as well as more specific training for a job within a company.

The entry requirements for intermediate apprenticeships vary. Most employers require applicants to have two or more GCSEs (A*-C), including English and Maths. Some employers will accept applicants without these grades, if they have any relevant work experience. If this is the case, you might be asked to complete a basic literacy and numeracy test.

What is an intermediate apprenticeship

How do intermediate apprenticeships work?

Intermediate apprentices split their time between working with an employer, and studying towards a vocational qualification with a training provider.

Some companies provide in-house training, other will send you to an external training provider or college. It is a splendid blend of work and study.

An intermediate apprentice will work for at least 30 hours a week, for thirty weeks of the year.

Each programme, however, may be organised differently. You might spend one day a week studying at college, and spend the rest of the week working with your employer. You will be receiving on-the-job training, while you gain relevant qualifications on the side. Or, you will work on a full-time basis, and be released for study periods at intervals during the year.

If you complete an intermediate apprenticeship, you will be awarded with a Level 2 Competence qualification, and a knowledge-based qualification. These are equivalent to 5 GCSEs (A*-C).

You will also then be eligible to apply for an advanced apprenticeship. An intermediate apprenticeship is a great first step to make for a career in a wide range of industries...


"Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal." (Skills Funding Agency, 2016)

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Best intermediate apprenticeships

So, you’ve decided, intermediate apprenticeships are the best option for school leavers since the national lottery opened to 16-year-olds.

But how do you go about finding the best intermediate apprenticeships? How do you go about finding the intermediate apprenticeship that is right for you?

RateMyApprenticeship can help. We have around 7,000 reviews of school leaver schemes, written by the school leavers who completed them.

The reviews reveal secrets about apprenticeships with some of the UK’s top employers. Each review provides information about salary and course structure, the support networks put in place and the opportunities outside of work.

If you are applying for an intermediate apprenticeship, check out reviews for similar programmes, and programmes with the company you are interested in.

You can access our review collection, by clicking here.

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Intermediate apprenticeship vacancies

On top of a monstrous collection of reviews, RateMyApprenticeship has vacancies for intermediate apprenticeships. There are vacancies for apprenticeships in a wide-range of industries.

If you have read one, two or thirty-nine reviews, and you’re still keen to know more about what intermediate apprentices think about intermediate apprenticeships, here is a case study... (Source: West Sussex County Council)

Tom is a Health and Social Care Intermediate Apprentice who was working with Adult Services at Marjorie Cobby House in Selsey whilst studying his level 2 qualifications. Through his apprenticeship he has managed to secure a job with Southeast Coast Ambulance, something he’s always wanted to do.

How did you get onto the apprenticeship?

I was finding my A levels difficult so the college suggested a vocational course. I had a careers meeting with the college who suggested an apprenticeship in Health and Social Care as it would give me experience in care, a recognised qualification and I’d earn while I learn.

Why did you choose it?

I went for the apprenticeship as the work experience is very valuable! Lots of people go and do A Levels and go on to university however, not everyone has actual experience at work. Work experience is just as valuable as qualifications like A levels and degrees!

How has your apprenticeship benefited you?

I have learnt so much! It has built my confidence in working with clients and staff. I have acquired knowledge by doing training courses like manual handling and food hygiene. This stuff can’t be learnt from a text book, you learn how to do Care by watching other staff and practical, hands-on learning.

Do you have any advice for future Apprentices?

Get stuck in! Don’t hide away from any opportunities or training that West Sussex offers you because you never know where it might take you!


There is the evidence... intermediate apprentices are getting vital skills and qualifications to help them start a career.

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Intermediate apprenticeship salary

Intermediate apprentices earn a wage for the duration of their programme. An apprenticeship is an opportunity to earn while you learn, while avoiding the towering debts of university graduates.


"Students will graduate with much higher debts than ever before, averaging more than £44,000." (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Below is a table of the rates of the National Minimum Wage. You can visit gov.uk for more information about apprenticeship salaries.

Age Current Rate
25 and over £7.20
21 - 24 £6.95
18 - 20 £5.55
Under 18 £4.00
Apprentice £3.40

*as of October 2016.

These figures are the minimum that you will be paid for your intermediate apprenticeship. If you look at our reviews, apprentices often earn a wage that is above the minimum rate. Intermediate apprentices at Aldi are paid £5 an hour, whilst apprentices at Capgemini earn an annual salary of £23,000.

For specific salary information, check the information in job vacancies. If you click here, you will be disappeared to our reviews of intermediate apprenticeships. Once there, you can have a peek at what different companies have paid apprentices that have finished their programme.


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Why should I do an Intermediate Apprenticeship?

Why should YOU do an intermediate apprenticeship? Hmm, that’s a tricky one. We’ll give you TEN reasons; ten reasons why intermediate apprenticeships are a marvellous option for school leavers after their GCSEs.

  1. An intermediate apprenticeship leads to great qualifications, including a National Vocational Qualification (Level 2), and a knowledged based qualification, such as a BTEC.

  2. Intermediate apprentices earn while they learn. Candidates are paid a wage for the duration of their programme.

  3. An intermediate apprenticeship is an opportunity work to work alongside, and learn from experienced professional in a range of industries.

  4. Intermediate apprenticeships are designed as a combination of work and study. You will receive on-the-job training, as well as relevant qualifications.

  5. There are intermediate apprenticeships on offer in variety of industries. During the year 2015/2016, there were apprenticeships for 1,500 different job roles, in more than 170 industries.

  6. Intermediate apprentices are highly employable candidates, because they have been trained for a specific job, or for a role within a company.

  7. Intermediate apprentices gain valuable employability skills. They are useful for finding a job after the apprenticeship, and can be relevant throughout a career.

  8. The is a great chance you will be offered a permanent role by your employer. 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer after they have finished their apprenticeship.

  9. If you complete an intermediate apprenticeship, you will be eligible for an advanced apprenticeship, and can eventually move onto a higher apprenticeship or university degree!

  10. An intermediate apprenticeship is cracking first step to take once you have left school. Apprentices develop the practical work skills, specialist knowledge and the qualifications to set them on the right career path.

Ten reasons why you simply must do an intermediate apprenticeship. Intermediate apprenticeships are a bit like recycled paper; the possibilities are endless.

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