Apprenticeships and Traineeships prepare you for the workplace whilst gaining a qualification, and with Apprenticeships you can earn money whilst you learn.

On an apprenticeship you will be employed in a real job and receive quality training to help you get a nationally-recognised qualification. If you're not quite ready for an apprenticeship, on a traineeship you can improve your maths, English and work skills whilst getting work experience too.

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Earn while you learn

  • all apprentices must receive at least the national minimum wage
  • all apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week
  • over 150,000 employers are offering apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations
  • apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced and higher (degree) level

How do I find an employer?

We think it's great if you can find an employer that you really want to work for who is willing to offer you an apprenticeship. Many young people who want to do an apprenticeship start looking for such an employer whilst they are in their last year at school – we would really recommend this to you. Speak to your family and friends to see if they can help you with their contacts.

If you're curious to see what's out there now, we list our latest apprenticeship vacancies here. If you register your interest on our vacancies page, we will keep you posted with all the latest opportunities, as soon as they go live!

How else can I find an employer?

There are loads of ways in which you can find an apprenticeship:

  • visit the government's apprenticeship search and apply service, the best source of vacancies on the web
  • try surfing the web for jobs or companies you would like to work for
  • try asking friends and family if they know of vacancies
  • check out your local newspaper recruitment section for job opportunities

Can I apply for a full-time course whilst I look for an apprenticeship?

  • yes, lot’s of applicants apply for more than one course
  • it’s important to let us know when you have secured your apprenticeship so we can give the place on the course to someone else


Traineeships are ideal if you are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. If you have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship or other job due to a lack of skills and experience then you are likely to be a good candidate for a traineeship.

You could be suitable if you are:

  • motivated to work
  • unemployed, or work fewer than 16 hours per week and have little work experience
  • aged between 16-24 and qualified below level 3

A traineeship is probably not right for you if you:

  • already have the skills and experience needed to find an apprenticeship or work
  • are 25 years old or older
  • are already employed

During your Traineeship you will have at least 100 hours of work experience. This may be with multiple companies.

Will I be paid?

Employers are not required to pay you for taking part in a traineeship but may support you with expenses such as transport and meals.

If you are receiving welfare benefits you will continue to receive these alongside your traineeship. Your Jobcentre may also be able to financially support you.

All training costs are funded by the government.


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