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Welcome to British Army Apprenticeships

The Army has the largest apprenticeship programme in the country, with about 95 per cent of new soldiers taking part and over 8,000 completing their apprenticeship training each year. Army apprenticeships are part of a nationally recognised scheme, giving soldiers the chance to work for an employer at the same time as studying for a relevant, work-based qualification.

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Each apprenticeship fits in with military training and is closely related to a soldier’s Army role, so as well as becoming a better soldier, they are working towards a qualification that will be valued by civilian employers. Apprenticeships in the Army are delivered on full pay.

There are two apprenticeship levels:

Apprenticeship Level 2

Level 2 apprenticeships are equivalent to five good GCSE passes.

Military trade training forms the core of this level. A range of key skills qualifications (including literacy and numeracy) are completed, and a technical certificate is gained. By the end of the apprenticeship, soldiers are skilled Army tradesman, and are rewarded with an NVQ Level 2.

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

Level 3 apprenticeships are equivalent to two A-level passes.

These apprenticeships apply to the Army’s technical trades. Advanced apprentices gain the relevant technical certificates through their trade training as well as an NVQ Level 3 and key skills. To qualify for an advanced apprenticeship, five GCSEs at grade C or above are required. Alternatively, a Level 2 Army apprenticeship is acceptable.

An Army apprenticeship is only the start. Every job in the Army offers the opportunity to progress to gain professional skills leading to higher qualifications, including full Bachelors and Masters degrees.

Apprenticeship subjects

The aim of apprenticeships is to provide training that is closely linked to a job, so the apprenticeships offered reflect whatever Army role is chosen.

The Army offers apprenticeships in many careers, including:

  • engineering
  • information and communications technologies
  • construction
  • driving
  • animal care

New programmes to fit with Army training are being developed all the time.

Starting out

Apprenticeships are generally started during Army training. If a soldier’s literacy and numeracy skills still need some work, the Army will help them reach the right standard. All they have to do is meet the entry requirements set by their chosen Regiment or Corps.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact British Army Apprenticeships directly.

Last updated date: 04 August 2015
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Key information


  • A: All Army Apprenticeships
  • B: Royal Armoured Corps
    • Address:
    • Andover
    • SP11 8HJ
    • More information:
    • Every Regiment in the Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps takes great pride in its close family history, traditions and ethos. These continue to be ably demonstrated wherever the Regiments are serving - at home or on operations.


      • Household Cavalry
      • Queens Dragoon Guards
      • Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
      • Royal Dragoon Guards
      • King's Royal Hussars
      • Light Fragoons
      • The Royal Lancers
      • Royal Tank Regiment
      • Royal Yeomanry
      • Queen's Own Yeomanry
      • Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry
      • Royal Wessex Yeomanry
      • Queen's Royal Hussars
      • Bovington Armour Centre
  • C: Army Air Corps
  • D: The Royal Artillery
    • Address:
    • Andover
    • SP11 8HJ
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01980845050
    • More information:
    • Although we are one Royal Regiment, we actually comprise many different regiments, each of which is responsible for delivering a different type of effect.

      There are 14 Regular Regiments, the King's Troop, 5 Army Reserve Regiments, the CVHQ RA and the HAC that make up the Royal Artillery.

  • E: Royal Corps of Signals
    • Address:
    • Blandford Camp
    • Blandford Forum
    • DT11 8RH
    • More information:
    • The Royal Corps of Signals are leaders in Information Technology and Communications for the British Army.

      We provide the Army with communications throughout the world and promise a varied and exciting career.

  • F: Corps of Royal Engineers
    • Address:
    • Regimental Headquarters
    • Ravelin Building
    • Brompton Barracks
    • Chatham
    • ME4 4UG
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01634822034
    • More information:
    • The Corps of Royal Engineers is unique with all our "Sappers" being multi skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen working alongside all parts of the Army. We play a vital role in the effectiveness of the British Army and the United Kingdom in both peacetime and on operations.

  • G: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    • Address:
    • Andover
    • SP11 8HJ
    • More information:
    • Soldiers and officers employed within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are the technicians, mechanics and fabricators that consistently inspect, repair, modify and maintain the large array of equipment that the British Army has to offer. Wherever the British Army are, whatever the unit is, there you will find REME.

  • H: Royal Logistic Corps
    • Address:
    • Princess Royal Barracks
    • Deepcut
    • GU16 6RW
    • More information:
    • From tanks and ammunition to letters and food, we get the right amount of the right kit to the right people in the right place at the right time - enabling the Army to do its job, and boosting morale along the way. We fight logistics through to keep the army working, moving and communicating.

  • I: The Infantry
    • Address:
    • Land Warfare Centre
    • Imber Road
    • Warminster
    • BA12 0DJ
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01985222262
    • More information:
    • The British Infantry is based on the tried and tested regimental system, which has repeatedly proved successful on operations over the years. It consists of 36 regular battalions and 14 reserve battalions and forms 18 regiments and is based on regiments with one or more regular battalions and in most case associated Army Reserve battalions.


      • Grenadier Guards
      • Coldstream Guards
      • Scots Guards
      • Irish Guards
      • Welsh Guards
      • Royal Regiment of Scotland
      • Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
      • Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
      • Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
      • Royal Anglian Regiment
      • Yorkshire Regiment
      • Mercian Regiment
      • Royal Welsh
      • Royal Irish Regiment
      • Parachute Regiment
      • Royal Gurkha Rifles
      • Rifles
      • London Regiment