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What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships allow students to participate in work-based training while gaining nationally recognised qualifications. These hands-on programmes are crafted on local employer demands, enabling apprentices to develop practical skills in their chosen field. Successful completion of apprenticeships can lead to university, higher apprenticeships or directly into work with local employers.


Training takes place during work and at college. The main benefits of apprenticeships include:

  • High-quality training with the only vocational qualification provider in the district
  • Improved industry connections
  • Hands-on experience and insight of a chosen industry
  • The opportunity to progress to university
  • Achieving a recognised industry-standard qualification
  • A wage and supportive employer
  • Experience using industry-standard facilities

Harrogate College has a wide and varied apprenticeship offer, covering all industry sectors.


Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher levels, enabling students to achieve a degree through an apprenticeship.

We have strong industry links providing students with many apprenticeships in areas including:


Minimum wages from 1 April 2020
Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2020 (current rate) £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • Aged under 19.
  • Aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

To find out more information on our apprenticeships, contact the team on



Levels of apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships are allocated to junior roles within a company and involve teaching candidates the basic skills and knowledge required to progress within their chosen field. Examples include an admin assistant, junior hair stylist or commis chef.

Advanced apprenticeships

Advanced apprenticeships develop the skills acquired from an intermediate apprenticeship. These programmes specialise the candidate’s knowledge of the industry and are suitable for those who have previously completed an apprenticeship or have been within their job role for some time. Examples include a software developer, chef de partie or electrical engineer.

Higher apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships are suitable for those in senior roles within a company who wish to develop their skills further to progress. These apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree or HND. Examples include an apprentice teacher, lab technician or project manager.

Degree apprenticeships

Degree or master’s degree apprenticeships are for those who want to be a specialist with their field or work in a senior position within a company. These apprenticeships typically involve the undertaking of an under/postgraduate qualification. Examples include a managing director, laboratory scientist or HE lecturer.

For more information on apprenticeships,

call 0142 387 9466 or



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