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    Hi,

    I've been applying for HA's, but keep being told to supply evidence that I do not hold a level 4 qualifcation even when I tell them I completed one year of University but withdrew during my second year.

    I have gotten pretty far in some of my applications and have assessment centres coming up, but now I want to know whether in fact I am even legally eligble for these roles.

    I was under the impression that people who dropped out of uni could apply for these roles. I only hold a HNC, not a degree. Yet according to this site (http://www.careersadviceforparents.o...nticeship.html) I am completely ineligible for funding since I have completed one year of uni.

    If an employer asks about my time at University, should I just not mention it? I've been applying vigariously for the past few months, now I just realized that I may not even be eligible!
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    Hi,

    I've been applying for HA's, but keep being told to supply evidence that I do not hold a level 4 qualifcation even when I tell them I completed one year of University but withdrew during my second year.

    I have gotten pretty far in some of my applications and have assessment centres coming up, but now I want to know whether in fact I am even legally eligble for these roles.

    I was under the impression that people who dropped out of uni could apply for these roles. I only hold a HNC, not a degree. Yet according to this site (http://www.careersadviceforparents.o...nticeship.html) I am completely ineligible for funding since I have completed one year of uni.

    If an employer asks about my time at University, should I just not mention it? I've been applying vigariously for the past few months, now I just realized that I may not even be eligible!
    As you have completed the first year of the degree and been awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, you do already hold a Level 4 qualification. Therefore, you're not eligible for any apprenticeship that excludes people with level 4 qualifications. Usually, people who "drop out of uni" and are advised they can do an apprenticeship do not hold the qualification that you have.

    There are apprenticeships that have different requirements. You'll need to search more carefully to find them. The government provide funding to businesses that provide apprentices, but this has a very narrow eligibility criteria. With your qualification you don't meet that criteria, so firms who need the funding to provide the apprenticeship won't be able to hire you. Larger firms may not be so reliant on the funding, so might be able to take on a small number of apprentices who don't meet the strict eligibility criteria.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    As you have completed the first year of the degree and been awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, you do already hold a Level 4 qualification. Therefore, you're not eligible for any apprenticeship that excludes people with level 4 qualifications. Usually, people who "drop out of uni" and are advised they can do an apprenticeship do not hold the qualification that you have.

    There are apprenticeships that have different requirements. You'll need to search more carefully to find them. The government provide funding to businesses that provide apprentices, but this has a very narrow eligibility criteria. With your qualification you don't meet that criteria, so firms who need the funding to provide the apprenticeship won't be able to hire you. Larger firms may not be so reliant on the funding, so might be able to take on a small number of apprentices who don't meet the strict eligibility criteria.
    I suppose that confirms my fears. I emailed the apprentice department at gov.uk and was told I could apply for any apprenticeships at level 5 above, which seem few and far between.

    Are all degree sponsored apprenticeships level 5? BT, Capgemini and some of the big four are offering to sponsor a degree, I'm going to try my luck there. Thanks for the reply.
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    1st year university drop out.

    Currently on Higher Apprenticeship with JLR where I'll complete a degree.

    Only exclusion I know of is not holding a degree, there have been cases of people completing OU degrees they were already on during the course.
 
 
 
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