Quick guides to apprenticeships
I previously completed a level 2 and 3 engineering apprenticeship. They take 1 and 2 years respectively.
You don’t need a level 3 apprenticeship to get into a degree apprenticeship or university. There were three other people who started when I did, all of which did A levels.
Level 3 apprenticeships are not a waste of time. You get paid and finish with competence as an engineer (technician level).
Level 3 apprentices are sometimes offered a degree. Apprenticeship by their employer.
Accepting a level 3 apprenticeship can help you get your foot in the door with a prestigious employer, who may then advance you to degree level (L4-6). it would also give you an advantage when applying to do a L4-6 at a different employer.
I was offered advancement after my L3 but chose to change employer to do my L4-6.
I started my degree apprenticeship at 23, take your time and make sure you’re doing something you enjoy.
Hope this helps