Find out more about BTEC Apprenticeships, the on-the-job learning programmes that give you the skills employers look for. 

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What are BTEC Apprenticeships?

BTEC Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes, involving both on- and off-the-job training, that result in a set of nationally recognised qualifications. Developed with employers in each sector, they’re fully focused on the needs of employers, apprentices and apprenticeship providers.

Our BTEC Apprenticeships include Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) and Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW) approved, fit-for-purpose qualifications developed alongside Sector Skills Councils (SSC).

Built on the core BTEC values of flexibility, employability, progression and quality, they are a clearly defined part of the wider BTEC portfolio, allowing learners to take advantage of progression opportunities from other BTEC programmes.

As an apprentice, your learning provider will help to coordinate your Apprenticeship and develop your skills and knowledge, while your employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject and on the learning provider.

Why choose BTEC Apprenticeships?

Recognised in over 80 countries worldwide and with over 25 years’ experience, BTEC is the brand of choice for many of the UK’s leading companies. Businesses like NPower, BT, Superdrug and Whitbread choose to train their apprentices the BTEC way because:

  • We offer BTEC Apprenticeships in more than 25 sectors, to cover all of your training needs.
  • We continually refine our apprenticeships to ensure that they meet the needs of both apprentices and employers, with a real focus on business results. 

  • Our frameworks are flexible and designed to ensure that apprentices can learn on the job and become productive at work as quickly as possible.

  • They allow a completely holistic delivery with a choice of assessment methods to suit the type of apprentice and business.

  • We use the latest technology, such as onscreen testing, to make learning more interesting, enabling apprentices to progress speedily through the qualifications.

  • Our BTEC Apprenticeships can be delivered by employers with minimum reliance on external consultants, minimising disruption to their business.

  • We supply an extensive range of learning and support materials across a number of sectors to enable efficient, successful delivery.

  • Centres have access to face-to-face and online support as well as a dedicated Apprenticeship Standards Verifier (SV). 

Watch our short introduction to BTEC Apprenticeships:

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications - called a ‘framework’.

Apprenticeship framework diagram

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The framework consists of:

  • The competence element (often an NVQ), which will enable you to demonstrate your workplace abilities and prove that you can do specific job-related tasks.

  • The BTEC technical certificate will give you extra knowledge and understanding about the job you are training for.

  • Transferable skills such as Functional Skills cover more general work-related skills such as communication, team working, problem solving and using new technologies. In Wales, Essential Skills is required.

  • ERR – Employee Responsibilities and Rights. In this part of the BTEC Apprenticeship you will learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. On completion you will receive a BTEC Award in Workskills for effective learning and employment. Learn more about ERR

  • PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. As part of the BTEC Apprenticeship you will develop a series of underpinning skills that employers look for. Skills such as creative thinking, evaluation and team working are key to future employability, making BTEC apprentices more effective employees.

Your efforts will be rewarded throughout the process, as you’ll receive a separate certificate for each qualification you achieve, as well as receiving a certificate once you have completed and achieved all aspects of your BTEC Apprenticeship programme.

Yes - there are 3 levels of Apprenticeships available for those aged 16 and over:

Level 2 BTEC Intermediate Apprenticeships - These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Level 3 BTEC Advanced Apprenticeships - To start this Apprenticeship, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Level 4/5 BTEC Higher Apprenticeships - These Apprenticeships work towards qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Higher National Certificate or Diploma. Find out more about BTEC Higher Apprenticeships.  

BTEC Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of different industries - not just the more traditional ones you may know about, such as construction or engineering. They also cover cross-industry roles such as Business Administration, Customer Service and Team Leading and Management.

There are more than 200 BTEC Apprenticeships available in:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Automotive
  • Business Skills
  • Children and Young People
  • Cleaning and Facilities Management
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Creative Industries
  • Customer Service and Contact Centres
  • Engineering, Processing and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health, Health Sciences and Pharmacy
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
  • IT and Telecoms
  • Land-based and Environmental
  • Languages
  • Public and Uniformed Services
  • Retail
  • Security and Parking
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Team Leading and Management
  • Training and Education
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Voluntary

Apprenticeships are designed so that skills and competence are observed on the job, so an apprentice’s daily output helps them to qualify. You can be assessed by the person who knows your work best – your line manager - who can confirm that you have reached the required standard, or we can provide an external assessor. In either case the assessment of knowledge and competency is externally verified by Pearson.

Next steps

For more information, select a subject from the BTEC Apprenticeships homepage.

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