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What is an apprenticeship?

Throughout an apprenticeship, you are able to work and train at the same time and have to do a required minimum of 30 hours per week, usually 4 days work with 1 day training, or block releases. The training provider is usually at college or in the workplace. Apprenticeships are available in a variety of jobs and industry areas, eg hair dressing, beauty technicians, plumbing, carpentry, mechanics.

There are various levels of apprenticeships: Traineeships, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher and they all have the same elements; competencies qualification, technical knowledge qualification and key skills.

What are the advantages of an apprenticeship?

You get real employment experience, and it increases your skills and work opportunities.  You could get paid on average £171 per week and receive holidays, pension and travel.  You have the opportunity to gain credible qualifications, up to degree and even Masters level, without paying university fees.

Is an apprenticeship for me?

You need to be aged 16 – 24 years old and committed to an industry area or specific job.  You will have to show you have researched the area of work you want to do and that you are the right person. You will be responsible and prepared for further study, be happy to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to use your own initiative.

What next…?

Research and register with the relevant training provider or college that covers your specialist area.  They may have some employers waiting for an Apprentice.

It is YOUR responsibility to secure a job.  Research local employers you are interested in and contact them direct, with a quality CV.

For further information contact Vicky Woodings, Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise at


Find out more about Apprenticeships:

The Government Apprenticeships website is the first one. Here you can create an account and get new vacancies emailed/text to you, as well as applying for roles.

The Armed Forces are one of the biggest apprenticeship providers so check out their websites too: