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Understanding apprentice progression

You should consider what comes next for your apprentice after the completion of their apprenticeship. By having a plan for your apprentice after their course, it gives them something to work towards. You can search for relevant occupational pathways on the Institute for Technical Education website.

Apprentice progression is key to ensuring that apprenticeships represent a good investment for employers and individuals. Progression can help to:

  • reduce staff turnover
  • increase diversity
  • improve productivity
  • close skills gaps

You could:

  • offer a promotion, or increase in salary, in recognition of their achievement
  • put them on a higher or degree level apprenticeship to enable them to specialise further

Higher-level apprenticeships include qualifications at level 4 and above. They’re suitable for apprentices looking to progress from level 3 qualifications, including advanced apprenticeships and T Levels.

Degree apprenticeships are offered by universities and other higher education providers. They contain either a full degree or degree level qualification and go up to master’s level. Degree apprenticeships are delivered and funded in the same way as other apprenticeships. You can search for higher and degree level apprenticeships

Not all apprentices want to take the next step to more specialised training. You should be guided by what the apprentice wants.


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