Executive DEVELOPMENT 24 | Developing Leaders Issue 27: 2017 Adding to the complexity of the new regime, England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland all have differing apprenticeship schemes. Whilst broadly similarly in intent, there are significant differences in structure and process between them. The Scottish scheme is run by Skills Development Scotland ( ) ; the Welsh scheme by BusinessWales SkillsGateway ( ) ; and the Northern Irish one by SkillstoSucceed ( ) . To avoid the risk of confusion this article will focus on the English regime, which is overseen by what is now the Education and Skills Funding Agency ( ) an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Education. The Apprenticeship levels are numbered from ‘Entry’ through to Level 7. Entry is very much as it says, Level 1 equates to lower grades at GCSE, Level 2 to C-A* (4-9 in the new grading) at GCSE, and so on up through the levels to Levels 5, 6 and 7 respectively equating to diploma, degree, and masters. Level 8, for doctoral apprenticeship degrees, are under discussion for the not-so-distant future. NAME LEVEL EQUIVALENT EDUCATIONAL LEVEL Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C Advanced 3 and 4 2 A level passes Higher 5 Diploma Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree