How Apprenticeships Work

What makes up an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are made up of three elements:


Competence Based Element – This is a work based vocational qualification in a subject specific to an individual’s job role. In the majority this will be done in the workplace.


Knowledge Based Element – This is a technical certificate in a subject specific to the job role. This provides the underpinning theory of the Competence Based Element. Usually this training is provided away from the ‘normal’ place of work.


Functional Skills Element – Development of practical skills in English, Maths and ICT. Functional skills are designed to help people gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. The functional skills sessions are delivered in the classroom.