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Jargon explained

The world of Apprenticeships is littered with phrases and terminology but what does it all mean? To help get you through this minefield, we’ve put explained some of the jargon commonly used to make things clearer.

Framework A document used to make sure that apprenticeship programmes are consistent with national standards. It contains all of the important information about each framework, its purpose, levels and job roles.
Unit An apprenticeship is made up of individual elements called ‘units’, all of which you will need to complete to achieve your qualification.
Pathway Some Apprenticeships offer specialist options designed for specific careers. For example, a Children and Young People’s Workforce Apprenticeship has teaching assistant and childcare pathways.
Level 2/3/4 By giving all courses a ‘level’, it allows you to compare different qualifications according to how advanced they are. A Levels, for example, are Level 3 qualifications – the same as an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Functional Skills Covers maths, English and ICT (computer skills). These form an important part of your Apprenticeship as they are skills that employers need alongside your knowledge of the job that you do and the practical skills you have developed.