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Become an Army apprentice and you’ll start an exciting, satisfying career alongside people just like you. You’ll train together, live together, and face challenges together that will build lifelong bonds.

The British Army is the largest Employer Provider of Apprenticeships in the UK with close to 15,000 apprentices currently enrolled on apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 6 across 43 different programmes..

To optimise the learner experience, learner journey and to preserve quality, we have a rigorous governance process and quality assurance regime managed by a dedicated team of quality mentors allocated to each of the 43 programmes and linked to success in trade training to ensure a soldier is qualified and competent in trade as well as successful as an apprentice.

We remain committed to delivering and offering an apprenticeship to all of our recruits if there is a national apprenticeship standard available – c.96% of those who join will be able to access one. Where there is not one, we seek appropriate equivalencies to ensure equity of provision and opportunity and commit fully in Trailblazer partnering terms to ensure we develop the optimal Apprenticeship to meet our diverse needs and can expand our offering to maximise progression pathways and the continual upskilling of our workforce.

With c.15000 on programme, close to 7000 in-year starts and 6000 completions, with 1500 British Minority Ethnic apprentices and in excess of 500 with specific learning difficulties, our proposition leads the way in scale, diversity and inclusiveness. We recruit individuals into the British Army from across the UK populous and ensure that c.95% of those who join can access an Apprenticeship pathway that is right for them. Where there is not one, we will enrol individuals on the optimal equivalency, while working with IFATE and Trailblazers to develop, expand and enrich pathways beyond the existing offer – including our very own HM Forces Serviceperson apprenticeship.

We are fortunate that the 20% OTJ training is realised through our well-developed and comprehensive ‘Individual Trade Training’ programme before an individual joins the ‘Field Army’ – an exceptional suite of leadership development, resilience and co-curricular training predicated around our values and standards – accredited through CMI, C&G or ILM in addition to access to standard and enhanced learning credit funding schemes to improve portfolios.

Crucially, every apprentice gets to stay in the Army on completion of their apprenticeship – with clear paths to L4 Apprenticeships and beyond. Our L6 Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship is outstanding evidence of how the pathway leads on to higher level qualifications for our senior soldiers and apprenticeship mentors..

Rewards and benefits

Did you know that a trained soldier starts on £18,305 per year? That’s £352 a week. Even as a new recruit, you will earn around £14,637 a year while you train. In some trades there’s also a lump sum for finishing training. Once you’re a fully-fledged soldier, your pay will go up every year, depending on your job and rank.

What’s more, health and dental care are free; you get a pension (which the Army pays for you); and help towards the cost of your food and housing. The Army even pays for you to take qualifications, including degree level courses. You get 38 days’ holiday per year and a job that could take you anywhere from Cyprus to Canada. At the same time, you’ll get Army fit and the chance to try all kinds of sports and adventure activities.


We’ll plan your apprenticeship to make sure it helps you get the very best out of the programme. It will involve military training, as well as the training related to your job role. This means that as well as becoming a better soldier, you’ll be working towards a valuable qualification that will be useful for finding work in the future, whether you decide to stay in the Army or not.

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 – that’s 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, you’ll need to pass your Level 2 Army apprenticeship, or have five GCSEs at grade C or above.

Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

At the highest level you’ll work in vital real-time operations, countering real threats to national security to earn a Level 4 Diploma in Intelligence Operations.

To apply, you’ll need to go to a selection course run by the Intelligence Corps and undertake Developed 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.


Take a closer look at just some of the things you can experience as an Army Apprentice. Many of our apprenticeship programmes offer opportunities to complete courses in leadership alongside your regular training, giving you the skills you need to inspire, involve and motivate others. Depending on which apprenticeship role you choose, you’ll have the chance to gain NVQs, City and Guilds Awards and Postgraduate Certificates.


Train as a technology and communications apprentice and you’ll play a direct role in powering every part of the Army. Whether you fancy becoming a skilled expert working with ammunition, explosives, electronics or IT systems, you’ll keep us all moving – meaning you’ll be playing an important part in our ongoing progress too.


Teaching apprentices how to develop new military technology and maintain our aircraft, vehicles and weaponry is vital to our success, both now and in the future. So, whether you learn how to be an aircraft technician, communications electrician or vehicle mechanic, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make a big contribution.


We need to equip apprentices with the right skills and knowledge to make sure our soldiers get the treatment they need. That’s why we offer a range of apprenticeships including primary healthcare and emergency care, giving you the chance to become a trained expert and make a real difference by providing an essential service to the Army.


Carpentry, metalwork, plumbing and construction are just some of the trades we need apprentices to train in. Whether you’re helping to build new Army bases as part of the Royal Engineers, or looking after the electrics on Army vehicles, becoming a skilled tradesman will mean you’ll play an important part in our continued development.


As we employ such a huge number of people, it’s important that we recruit apprentices who can provide strong networks to support them. This support can cover anything from internal communications and teaching, to security and law – so however you assist us, you’ll help us make sure that everyone in the Army feels secure in their role.


Delivering troops and supplies to locations around the world is a big part of what we do, and we need to train apprentices to help us be prepared for any situation. From driving large and small vehicles, to flying aircraft and working on ships, you’ll get to travel far and wide to make sure we’ve got everything we need in the places it’s needed.


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