Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.
Levels of apprenticeship
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
|Name||Level||Equivalent educational level|
|Intermediate||2||5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C|
|Advanced||3||2 A level passes|
|Higher||4,5,6 and 7||Foundation degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or master’s degree|
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
- living in England
- not in full-time education
How to apply
There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.
- Search for an apprenticeship.
- Sign in or create an account.
- Complete and submit your application.
The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.
If you’re unsuccessful
You can ask for feedback if you don’t get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.
You can complain if you think you weren’t successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.
Telephone: 0800 015 0400 or 0247 682 6482
If you need more experience
If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one.