Apprenticeships & TRAINING


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National Upskill - Building futures, one apprentice at a time

Welcome to National Upskill – Your strategic partner for talent development.

We are a ESFA, DFE and OFSTED registered apprenticeship training provider operating across England. Whether you are looking for a new apprentice or looking to Upskill your existing team we are here to support you and your team.


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How apprenticeships help learners?

Whether an apprentice is starting out in a new role or already employed, experienced and furthering their career, the knowledge, skills and behaviours, delivered and developed through an industry-aligned apprenticeship, ensures the currency and relevance of their learning and development.  Apprentices receive one-to-one support, group learning activities and off the job training, combined with directed self-study, functional skills development and a wide reaching range of industry teaching an learning.

Looking to forge the next chapter in your career? 

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How apprenticeships help employers?

As an apprenticeship provider, we help businesses bridge the skills gaps and build futureproofed teams informed by over three decades of practical experience in the apprenticeship sector. Our offer includes levy-and non-levy employers, allowing businesses of all sizes to access the benefits of introducing new apprentices and/or upskilling their existing teams. Supporting employers to build, shape and developing their workforces of tomorrow.

Find out more about the finer points of hiring and funding an apprentice or Upskilling your team below.

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expanding knowledge beyond the vocational standard

Apprenticeships offer boundless opportunities for skill development and career advancement. As an experienced provider, our delivery approach incorporates both individual one-to-one tutor time as well as group learning and development. Whilst an apprenticeship standard naturally covers  industry aligned knowledge, skills and behaviours, apprenticeship standards offer so much more, developing broader skills such as communication, teamworking, organisation, planning, Math's and English, and at the same time enhancing the learners knowledge across a broader range of subject matter including Safeguarding, prevent and British values. We combine teaching and learning with coaching and mentoring to ensure a truly individualised and flexible approach to our delivery.

Discover our range of apprenticeships below.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the eligibility requirements for an apprenticeship?

An apprentice must be:

  • 16 or over (There is no maximum age limit)
  • Living in England and have the right to work in England. 
  • Not currently in full-time education.
  • Not currently enrolled on another apprenticeship, further education or higher education funded programme of study.
  • Spending at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship.

You can apply to start an apprenticeship at any time of year, whether you are just starting off your career, having a change of career, or looking to upskill and progress in your current job. You can hold a degree and still do an apprenticeship if it is in a different vocational area.

An apprentice cannot fund their own apprenticeship or use a student loan to pay for their apprenticeship. Apprentices must be employed, and their qualification is paid for by their employer. Apprentices do not make any payments during their programme, or if they leave the programme early.

Some apprenticeship standards require the learner to complete a further qualification as part of the overall framework.

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What are the different levels of apprenticeships?

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What sectors are apprenticeships available in?

There are apprenticeships available in most sectors across a range of roles and levels. From hands-on jobs like construction and hospitality to more office-based roles such as payroll, finance, business administration, customer service or management.

While apprenticeship providers like National Upskill provide a tailored selection, a full list of apprenticeship roles can be found below:

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Are there entry requirements to starting an apprenticeship?

There can be entry requirements particularly at the higher levels, or as a result of requirements stipulated by an employer.

All 'potential' learners begin by undertaking initial assessments, the results of which help to inform an individuals learning plan and starting point. Following these, and subject to the results, there are generally no entry requirements for levels two and three programmes, but this is often determined by the interviewing employer and their business requirements. At levels four and five an employer will be looking at the candidates CV for their skills, experience and job history in so far as entry requirements. Level six and seven are degree apprenticeship which do generally have entry requirements.

Please refer to the table above for a better idea of entry equivalents.


Is an apprenticeship a permanent job?

Yes, being employed as an apprentice is becoming an employee of the company, with standard employment rights. In some instances an employer can make a fixed term job offer which must at least cover the length of the apprenticeship and the end point assessment. Once the apprenticeship is finished your employment status remains as employed, unless your job offer was fixed term in which case your employer will discuss next steps. Apprentices must be given a contract of employment and apprenticeship agreement, including details of their working week, wage and holiday entitlement. They are entitled to the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles.





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How long is an apprenticeship?

There is a minimum of 12 months during the teaching and learning phase, plus the length of the EPA (end point assessment) typically adds an extra three to five months.


Do you have to pay to do an apprenticeship or get a student loan?

No, it is not possible for apprentices to pay for their own apprenticeship or to take out a student loan to do so. An apprentice must be employed status and it's the employer who pays for the qualification. 

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Whether you are a learner or employer, National Upskill are here to assist you.

If you have any questions for our team, please get in touch at

You can also call us at 0333 772 9534.


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