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Upskiller Application: Eligibility Criteria

These articles answer questions candidates may have around basic eligibility criteria for a UK apprenticeship

Updated over a week ago


The UK government has established eligibility requirements for apprenticeships and these will be checked with you as part of the Multiverse admissions process. Below you will find an overview of the government's eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

Right to work

  • You are a UK citizen or can prove your right to work in UK

  • You have lived in the UK or EEA (European Economic Area) for the last 3 years or more.

    Please note, if you are not a UK or EEA citizen, you must have lived in the UK only for the past 3 years or more

Contract of Employment

  • You must spend at least 50% of your working hours in England

  • You must work at least 28 hours a week

Prior Learning

  • You don’t have too much experience in the learning areas of the program. This includes either knowledge learned in an academic setting (e.g. an undergraduate degree) or a professional one (e.g. through relevant prior work experience).

Maths and English

In order to complete an apprenticeship in the UK, it is necessary to have a level 2 qualification, or equivalent, in English and maths. Below is an overview of the acceptable

  • Holding a UK level 2 qualification: GCSE's (Grade C/4 or above) (or equivalent)


  • Holding an overseas qualification that is equivalent to UK level 2 qualifications


  • Passing the application maths and English tests with 70% or more in order to access the free Functional Skills programme during the apprenticeship

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I work part-time, is this ok?

To qualify for an apprenticeship, you must work at least 28 hours a week. If you work part-time and do not meet these hours, we will be unable to offer you a place on our programme, as you would not meet the government requirement and would therefore not be eligible for levy funding.

  • I am on a fixed term contract, is this ok?

Your contract duration must be greater than the time it will take to complete the apprenticeship which can sometimes take longer than the advertised length. For example, if you are on a 12-month fixed-term contract and are looking to apply to a 15-month programme, you would unfortunately not be eligible.

  • I work shifts, is this ok?

We are able to accommodate most shift patterns. You will be asked to provide details of your shift pattern as part of your application, so please do try and give us as much detail as possible! The only issue would be if you work night shifts. In this case, you may be unable to attend Multiverse-led sessions and meetings with your coach, as these would take place in standard daytime working hours. If your employer is able to provide some flexibility in offering you a daytime shift when you would need to attend a live session, then we may still be able to approve you for the apprenticeship.

  • I am unsure which right-to-work document I need to provide.

If you are a UK or Irish citizen, you will not need to provide any proof during your application. We will collect a copy of your passport or birth certificate + national insurance number when you begin your apprenticeship with us.

For non-UK or Irish citizens, the easiest way to prove your right to work is by sending us your share code. This way our team will be able to easily check it online. We can accept other types of documents, such as a current and valid letter from the Home Office confirming your right to work in the UK, or your work visa. You can see a list of acceptable documents here. If you need to provide one of these documents instead of a share code, please reach out to our team by raising a ticket via the chat widget in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Please note, we cannot accept a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) as proof. Although this does state that you have the right to work, it is no longer considered acceptable evidence on its own.

As long as you do have the right to work in the UK, you do not need to worry. If we cannot confirm your right to work immediately and need further proof to validate this, then our Admissions team will reach out to you and help you pass this check.

  • Does it matter how long I’ve lived in the UK if I have the right to work here?

Apart from having the right to work in the UK, the apprenticeship funding rules state that apprentices must have also lived in the UK (or EEA for UK and EEA citizens) for the past 3 years. If you meet this requirement, then you would be eligible for an apprenticeship. Non-UK or EEA candidates must have lived in the UK for the past 3 years to be eligible.

Please note, if you have spent time in a non-UK (or EEA for UK and EEA citizens) country for the past 3 years, then there is a chance you will not be eligible, no matter your nationality. As a general rule, absences of more than a few months are not usually accepted. If you have any questions regarding a temporary absence from the UK or EEA in the past 3 years, please reach out to us via the Chat Widget in the right-hand corner of the page, and we’ll be able to provide some guidance.

There are some exceptions to this rule. You can check the latest regulations here, under ‘Annex A: Eligibility criteria (who we fund)’.

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