Apprenticeships are open to all ages. The development of higher and degree apprenticeships can allow you to move in your current job to an apprentice role to develop your career for example, moving from an NHS caring role to a Nursing Degree position.
A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great 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.
Most apprenticeship vacancies are recruited through the employer, but some Training providers may recruit on behalf of an employer. Many employers use their Facebook page, Twitter and website page to advertise vacancies.
Some sites advertising for Apprentices:
Help with job applications can be found:
There are 4 different Levels of Apprenticeships:
An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. The apprentice works towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills required for the apprentice’s chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.
An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-level passes. Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs at grade C or above or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.
Higher apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications at Level 4 (Foundation Degree) and level 7(Professional Qualifications).
Degree apprenticeships are similar to higher apprenticeships, but differ in that they provide an opportunity to gain a full bachelor's degree (Level 6) or master’s degree (Level 7).
With all Apprenticeships there is no cost for the training to the Apprentice.