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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship will give you the experience and qualifications to get your career started. You
will earn and learn, getting the professional qualifications required by your chosen industry whilst
you work.

You are likely to be at work four days a week getting skills and experience on the job, and at college or a training centre one day a week working towards the professional qualifications you need.

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of career areas including Art, Business Administration, Finance, IT, Child Care, Engineering, Hairdressing and the building trades. Wages vary according to your employer.

The qualifications you will need vary according to the employer and the industry, but you can start an apprenticeship straight after your GCSEs or after a college course or A levels, and up until you
are 24.

Apprenticeships are available at different levels:

Level of Apprenticeship Qualifications Required Equivalent to
Intermediate GCSEs 5 GCSEs at A*-C
Advanced A*-C grades at GCSE 2 A levels/Level 3 qualification
Higher A Levels/Level 3 qualification Foundation Degree
Degree A levels/Level 3 qualification Degree and above

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If you don’t feel ready for an apprenticeship find out about Traineeships.

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, english, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

Those who have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience are most likely be good candidates for a traineeship.

Traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on find a traineeship