WBT Vs Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships Vs Work Based Training

Apprenticeships and Work Based Training (Work Based Development) both offer learning in a work environment but the focus of both programs are quite different.

“It is like learning to drive on a quiet road before moving onto the motorway.”


Apprenticeship: To deliver a particular skills to an individual within a work environment.

WBT: To find the weaknesses of beneficiaries and create pathways that use Training and Work Experience to bridge gaps and develop the beneficiaries primarily to get them ready for Work but also for Further Education or Training that can include Apprenticeships


Apprenticeship: Usually students and individuals ready for the workplace but prefer the practical work based route

WBT: Usually beneficiaries – not yet ready for the workplace and require help to prepare and get them ready.


Apprenticeship: Long Time Min 1 year – Max 4 years

WBT: Short time Min 6 weeks – Max 1 year


Apprenticeship: Primary focus is the skill that is being learned.

WBT: Primary focus is the development of the individual and preparation for the workplace. Focus on delivering and measuring improvements in Soft Skills, Functional Skills, attainment of personal goals and Work Experience.


Apprenticeship: Based in a Company Limited

WBT: Based in a Charitable Social Enterprise


Apprenticeship: A Training organization is different from and works in partnership with a company.

WBT: The training organization, development officers and work experience are all within the same charitable social enterprise.


Apprenticeship: Certificate that displays competency of the student in a particular discipline or role

WBT: Certificate that displays readiness of the beneficiary for the workplace .


Apprenticeship in Plumbing: The employer knows that the apprentice is skilled in plumbing. Decline in plumbing jobs can become a problem.

WBT in Plumbing: The employer knows that as well as the basic plumbing skills and experience, the employee would have learned Soft etiquette skills and functional skills that include computer skills required for the workplace. The beneficiary is easily adaptable to other roles if there is a decline in plumbing jobs.

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