If you’re considering or curious about an apprenticeship, we’ve looked into what they are, who they’re for, and how you can apply.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. This means you can earn a wage while also gaining job-specific skills and receiving relevant teaching.
You might explore an apprenticeship when you're 16 years of age or older. If you want to earn while you learn, if you have a specific industry or job in mind already, and if you want hands-on work experience in that sector, they can be a good route into a career and further study.
Each level is equivalent to a qualification and some apprenticeships may also award diplomas.
Intermediate (Level 2) = GCSE
Advanced (Level 3) = A Level
Higher (Level 4,5,6,7) = Foundation degree and up
Degree (6,7) = Bachelor’s or master’s degree
It depends what you're applying to. You might apply directly through a company's website, with help from your school or a careers coach, or you can search for apprenticeships via the government's website.
Often, you'll need a CV and cover letter or to fill out an application form; the process might include interviews, tests, or assessment centres. If you want to know how to go through the application process, we have lots of guidance on our Instagram.
Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you can apply for a higher level apprenticeship, go into higher education, or apply for a job in the sector.