Apprenticeships & Traineeships

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These are available to young people from 16 years plus, they are an alternative to staying in further or higher education, however they continue to learn new skills and gain qualifications.


Next review date January 2024

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training, where young people will earn a wage while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. The time an apprenticeship can take varies from one to five years to complete, depending on the type of apprenticeship chosen.

Many young people are looking at this as an option instead of going straight to university from school or college. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England. There will be different requirements depending on the type of apprenticeship.

There are three different types of apprenticeships depending on skills and qualifications; they are the Intermediate (equivalent to 5 GCSE passes), Advanced (equivalent to 2 A' level passes) and Higher (which can lead to NVQ level 4 and above or a foundation degree). To find out more details about entry requirements and salaries visit You can also search for current vacancies on this website.

What are traineeships?

Traineeships are for young people who would like to have an apprenticeship or job, who do not yet have the necessary skills.

Traineeships enable young people from 16 to 24 years become work ready. This involves essential training, helping to gain maths and English skills and work experience. For more information please use the following link find Traineeships 

Help available for care leavers starting an apprenticeship.

Additional funding is available to care leavers starting an apprenticeship.

Page last reviewed: 23/01/2023

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