Get ahead with an apprenticeship

The world is changing fast, and to get ahead you need up-to-date skills. But you don’t need to sit in a classroom all day to get them – there are other ways of learning that could suit you.

An apprenticeship is a real job with training, so you can earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications as you go.

You can apply for an apprenticeship if:

  • you live in England
  • you're 16 or over
  • you're not in full-time education

Apprenticeships take between 1 and 4 years to complete. They cover 1,200 job roles in a range of industries, from engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy.

Read more about the different types of apprenticeships and job roles available in the apprenticeships section of the GOV.UK website.

If you're interested in an apprenticeship but you don't yet have the skills and experience to get onto one, a traineeship could be for you. A traineeship is a placement that will give you the chance to get some work experience and improve your skills. It can last anything from 6 weeks to 6 months.

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Key benefits

Progress in your career: surveys show that employers recognise and value apprenticeships, so with hard work you could rise through the ranks quickly.

Achieve sought-after qualifications: apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning.

Learn job-specific skills: learn from knowledgeable tutors and work alongside experienced staff to gain in-demand skills.

Earn a salary: the average wage for an apprentice is £170 per week.

Top quality training: get on-the-job experience and off-the-job training.

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Your career

Employers really value apprenticeships. They know that if you’ve got one, you’ll have the skills they need. As a result, your career could progress rapidly.

You’ll feel the rewards in your pocket too. People with an Advanced Level Apprenticeship earn on average over £100,000 more over the course of their career, than those without.

From then on, your next move is up to you. You can collect UCAS points, study for Technical Certificates, go on to higher education at college or university, or work towards promotion.

Depending on your current skills and qualifications, there are three levels of apprenticeship you can apply for:

  • Intermediate level apprenticeship (level 2)
  • Advanced level apprenticeship (level 3)
  • Higher apprenticeship (level 4 or above)

You can find out more about the types of jobs you can get into through an apprenticeship, and about the levels offered, in this document produced by the National Apprenticeships Service.


Your employer and learning provider

Your employer provides your on-the-job training and pays your wages. You will work alongside them and learn from some of the best in the business.

A learning provider can be a college, training organisation or university, and they look after the rest of your training. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release (attending 1 day a week) or over a number of days in a short period (block-release).

Your apprenticeship will cover the hands-on experience and the training in all other aspects of the job.

Applying for vacancies

Visit the apprenticeships section of the GOV.UK website to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies.

At any one time there are thousands of jobs available in a variety of industry sectors across England. You can apply for as many as you like.

You can get advice on how to fill in an apprenticeship application form in our special guide about them.

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Find out more

Visit the apprenticeships section of the GOV.UK website for more information on how you can get ahead with an apprenticeship.

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