What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you would:

– Work alongside experienced staff
– Gain job-specific skills
– Earn a wage and get holiday pay
– Get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship

Name Intermediate
Level 2
Equivalent Educational Level GCSE

Name Advanced
Level 3
Equivalent Educational Level A Level

Name Higher
Level 4,5,6 & 7
Equivalent Educational Level Foundation degree and above

Name Degree
Level 6 and 7
Equivalent Educational Level Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma


Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

– 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
– Not in full-time education

Apprentice Vacancies

All live apprentice opportunities in England can be searched for on the Government Website here

Please note, that apprenticeships in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are listed on different websites. The links for these are below:



Northern Ireland

Parents/Carers Information about Apprenticeships

For parents/carers wishing to support their son or daughter in applying for an apprenticeship, the following documents contains useful information on apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Parent Pack May 2019 (PDF)

An Introduction to Apprenticeships for Years 7 – 11 (PDF)

Degree Apprenticeship Handbook (PDF)

Also, the following YouTube channel is dedicated to providing information on apprenticeships:


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