If you want to develop your skills and knowledge whilst in work, choosing an Apprenticeship can really make a difference.

Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes that enable you to work, learn and earn at the same time.

Through an Apprenticeship you will train for a skilled job and gain valuable qualifications, all while being employed and earning a wage that reflects your skillsexperience and ability. You don’t necessarily need a job before you apply, we will help you find employment. You might already be employed and want to upskill.

We offer a range of Apprenticeships at Runshaw, from Level 2 through to Level 5

Level 2 Apprenticeships (Intermediate)

Equivalent to five GCSEs at Grade A*- C. Apprentices work towards a work-based learning qualification such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills, or GCSEs in English and Maths, and in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification. Level 2 is suitable for a junior member of staff who is at the beginning of their career.

Level 3 Apprenticeships (Advanced)

Equivalent to two A Levels. Apprentices work towards a work-based learning qualification such as an NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills, or GCSEs in English and Maths, and in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate.

Level 4 Apprenticeships (Further Education)

Level 4 apprenticeships are equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

Level 5 Apprenticeships 

Level 5 apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree, or a Higher National Diploma (HND).

Learning methods

You will learn both on-the-job with your employer and off-the-job in College or at work (dependant on apprenticeship programme). If applicable, your time in College will not be more than one day a week, during which you will learn through a variety of study methods including formal class teachinggroup workcase studiespractical activities and job-related tasks. If your programme learning method is at work, time to study will be agreed with your employer.

20% off-the-job

It is mandatory that all apprentices complete “off the job” to learn new skills, improve knowledge and work on their portfolio.  For those who are on work-based learning programmes, time must be agreed with the line manager to meet the off the job requirements. For those on programmes that include college days, a large proportion of this will be covered for apprentices when they attend. Please note: most of our courses are work based learning programmes.  earners will be expected to complete a maximum of 6 hours a week, calculated on the number of hours worked per week.

Further information and examples of off the job activities can be found here.


During your Apprenticeship, you will study an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification), which is a work-related, hands-on qualification that focuses on what you do in the workplace. You will have to demonstrate you are able to work to national standards and do the job. You will also learn the theory behind what you are doing.

Depending on your qualifications and the subject you are studying you will also have the opportunity to improve your maths and English skills through Functional Skills qualifications, to ensure you have the right level to succeed in the workplace. You may also be able to take other appropriate qualifications to support your job role.


You will be supported by a Trainer who will work with you to build a portfolio of evidence for your NVQ. In addition, there will be assignments and tests related to the apprenticeship standard and if required Functional Skills in maths and English.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

All Apprenticeship Programmes are known as “Standards”.  At the end of the practical period of the apprenticeship the apprentice reaches gateway, at which point they are entered for an End Point Assessment (EPA), in agreement with the apprentice’s manager, mentor and trainer.  The EPA is facilitated & carried out by an external organisation, the apprenticeship is complete once the EPA passed.  The EPA will vary by programme, this will be outlined to you during the sign-up process and on an on-going basis by your designated trainer.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) – Support

✅ An allocated Learning mentor  ✅ Counselling services  ✅ Independent Careers advice  ✅ Employer SEN support guide