All soldiers start an apprenticeship when they join the Army.
It takes lots of different trades to run the Army. There are many jobs to choose from and the Army has one of the largest apprenticeship programmes in the UK.
The programme is part of a nationally recognised scheme, giving soldiers the chance to work for an employer while learning relevant work-based skills. 98 per cent of our recruits finish the programme with valuable qualifications they can build on during and after their career in the military.
Your apprenticeship will be planned to fit around your military training and relate closely to your role. That means that as well as becoming a better soldier, you’ll be working towards a qualification that will also be valued by employers outside of the Army.
There are three apprenticeship levels:
APPRENTICESHIP LEVEL 2
Military trade training forms the main part of this level. You’ll complete a range of key skills qualifications (including literacy and numeracy), and get a technical certificate. By the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll be a skilled Army tradesman, and be rewarded with an NVQ Level 2 – equivalent to five good GCSE passes.
ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP LEVEL 3
These apprenticeships apply to the Army's technical trades. You'll gain key skills and technical certificates through trade training, as well as an NVQ Level 3 - equivalent to two A-level passes.
To qualify for an advanced apprenticeship, five GCSEs at grade C or above are required. Alternatively, a Level 2 Army apprenticeship is acceptable.
HIGHER APPRENTICESHIP LEVEL 4
You’ll work in vital real-time operations, countering real threats to national security, earning a Level 4 Diploma in Intelligence Operations.
To apply, you'll need to attend a selection course run by the Intelligence Corps and undertake Developed Vetting (the Army’s highest level of security vetting).
Every job in the Army offers the opportunity to progress to gain professional skills leading to higher qualifications, including full Bachelors and Masters Degrees.
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