Apprenticeships for individuals

Apprenticeship Learner Handbook

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Call us to discuss what sectors we deliver which level of Apprenticeships courses in


Ixion's use the following AWARDING BODIES (Apprenticeships)

Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6-7) awarding body is the appropriate University

Higher Apprenticeships- Academic (Level 4-5) awarding body is the appropriate University

Higher Apprenticeships- Vocational  (Level 4-5) range of awarding bodies; Pearson, City & Guilds etc

Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3) range of awarding bodies; Pearson Edexcel, City & Guilds etc

Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2) range of awarding bodies; Pearson Edexcel, City & Guilds etc


The difference between Degree & Higher Apprenticeships!

All Apprentices must be in paid employment for the duration of their apprenticeship, and will combine working with studying; for either a work-based (Vocational) or Academic qualification:


Degree Apprenticeships are academic based and can take up to 3 to 4 years to complete. (Learners CANNOT access a student loan for these courses)


High Apprenticeships can be either academic or are vocational based courses and normally last 1 to 2 years (Learners CANNOT access a student loan for these courses). Delivery of all vocational courses is our responsibility and the delivery of all the degree academic courses is the responsibility of the appropriate University.


Higher/Advanced/Intermediate apprenticeship

What is an Higher/Advanced/Intermediate apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a work based training programme which helps individuals develop both theoretical and practical skills. This enables you to become more capable and efficient in your job. You earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification-all without getting into debt!


Why choose to be an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are a great route into a career- especially if you have just finished full time education, recently left school or need valuable work experience. Apprenticeships aren’t just for young individuals and can all be undertaken by an existing workforce.


How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

The length of time to complete varies and is affected by the qualification you want, the industry sector that you are working within and your current level of skills. An apprenticeship is completed within 1-4 years, with an average completion of 12-18 months.


How much money will I earn as an apprentice?

All apprenticeships are employed and have a contract of employment. Wage rates are at the discretion of your employer with a minimum an hour for those aged under 19 and those who are 19 and over within the first year of their apprenticeship. From then on you will earn at least the national minimum wage. Ideally a wage should reflect job complexity and experience.


What is the National Minimum Wage for an apprentice? (as at April 2017)

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Years  25+        21 to 24         18 to 20       Under 18         Apprentice
          £7.50        £7.05              £5.60              £4.05               £3.50


What are the entry requirements to become an apprentice?

You must be aged 16 or higher

You must have residence within England and not be in full time education
You must have 5 A*-C GCSE’s including English and Maths. If you haven’t attained the required GCSE’s grades in Maths and English then you will be required to take a maths and literacy test.


What types of apprenticeships are available?

There are currently a number of levels of apprenticeships on offer within a variety of industry sectors. These are: intermediate apprenticeship (level 2), advanced apprenticeship (level 3), higher apprenticeship (level 4 and above).


How are the apprenticeships funded?

Your apprenticeship will be funded by your employer who might be eligible for funding from the government. For those aged 16-18 your employer can receive up to 100% of funding. Finally for those aged 19+ your employer will have to fund the course themselves or loans are available.


Can I continue with my education once I complete my apprenticeship?

Yes, if you would like to attend university or take a college course upon completing your apprenticeship then you can.


Will I have a job at the end of my apprenticeship?

Statistics show that upon completion of an apprenticeship 85% of apprentices will stay in employment and 64% of apprentices staying with the same employer. However it will be at your employer’s discretion whether you are to be given a full time position at your company’s residence at the end of your course.


Govt. Apprenticeship LEVY

>£3 Million Staff Payroll: Funding Options available to you: …………… Call us

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OFSTED 2/ GOOD inspection (Oct ’15): “with Outstanding Features”

70% success rates (after moderation) for 2016/17 for qualifications achievements

MERLIN 82% score (2% off excellent): Supply Chain Management

MATRIX quality mark

PAT inspected for processes and systems security

Best Company- Sunday Times (“One to Watch” for 3 years) Staff surveys



Earn while you learn

Finding the right job and deciding which path to take into your chosen career can be a daunting and difficult challenge.

An apprenticeship is a great way to gain new skills and for you to become a valuable asset to an employer. In order to become an apprentice you need two things: an employer willing to take you on, and a training provider who will equip you with training and learning skills required to be effective in your role. The learning is achieved mostly on the job, although it sometimes involves classroom learning too.

An apprenticeship allows you to earn and learn which means you get new skills, qualifications, and get paid at the same time. Apprenticeships are available in all sectors and industries throughout England. There are more than 200 different types of apprenticeships available offering over 1,200 job roles in a range of industries. If you're a business employer and are interested in recruiting an apprentice, please visit our Apprenticeships for employers page.

At Ixion we offer apprenticeships in:

Whatever your age we can help

  • 16-18 We have placed many school leavers into their first job. 
  • 19+ Looking to further your skills in a particular area and get a recognised award.

To find our more about apprenticeships you can visit our Apprenticeship FAQ or visit the National Apprenticeship Service Website where all apprenticeship vacancies nationally are advertised.

Alternatively please visit our current apprenticeship vacancies page for positions that are under our provision.

If you are impressed with the concept of an apprenticeship but would prefer to undergo shorter course then a Traineeship may be exactly what you're looking for.

Does becoming an apprentice: starting a career, developing new skills, and earning whilst you learn sound good to you? Then be sure to register your interest.

For more information regards apprenticeships:


Call: 01245 505 630