How Long do Apprenticeships Last?

The length of an apprenticeship depends on the specific standard but will be between one and four years. The training programme of all apprenticeships will be at least 12 months long. The minimum length was introduced with new apprenticeship standards as a measure to improve programme quality.

Intermediate apprenticeships

Level 2 Apprenticeships will usually be around 12 to 18 months long, and a Level 3 or Level 4 apprenticeship will usually be between one and two years. The length depends on the level of apprenticeship, the industry sector, and the existing knowledge of the apprentice.

Higher level apprenticeships

Apprenticeships at levels 5,6 to 7 can usually last anything between two to five years in total. Again, this depends on the exact standard of apprenticeship, your employer and level of competency.

Part-time apprenticeships

Apprenticeship lengths will depend on whether the apprentice is working full or part time hours. The less permanent contracted hours worked will increase the time it takes to complete the apprenticeship. Regardless of the apprenticeship programme length, there must be a consistent level of on-the-job and off-the-job training throughout.

Apprenticeship gateway and End Point Assessment

After the training programme there is an End-point Assessment period of up to three months which is led by an independent assessor. The apprenticeship standard is awarded once this End-point Assessment process has been completed successfully.

The End-point Assessment can be completed shortly after the official training elements are complete and all parties (apprentice, trainer and apprentice’s manager) are in agreement they are ready for assessment. The period in which the apprentice must complete the assessments is three months.

Finishing an apprenticeship early

With the introduction of the Standards, an apprenticeship must last for a minimum duration of 12 months, a learner will not be able to finish before that. This includes where the content, duration and price has been adjusted to recognise prior learning. For example, to satisfy this requirement, an apprentice who starts their training on 1 August 2020 must still be receiving training on 31 July 2021. The apprentice must be involved in active learning throughout the apprenticeship.

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