What are apprenticeships?

As an apprentice you will learn and develop your skills primarily by spending time in the workplace.

You will take relevant and nationally recognised qualifications

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete and they are available to anyone over the age of 16 and up to the age of 24.

Entry requirements will vary from employer to employer and depending upon the apprenticeship level.

What does the Government think of apprenticeships?

The Government is committed to increasing the number, range and quality of Apprenticeships on offer.

They want to ensure that apprentices are able to progress into higher learning and acquire the accreditation and recognition that professionals can give.

This approach is considered vital for businesses to attract new talent and for young people to see Apprenticeships as a route to professional status and senior job roles.

What Type of Apprenticeships are available?

There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  • – Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (level 2)
  • – Advanced Level Apprenticeship (level 3)
  • – Higher Apprenticeship (level 4 or above)

They cover more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles

Higher level apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships can be a route to professional status and senior job roles. The number of companies offering Higher Apprenticeships is continuing to grow.

Higher Apprenticeships are ideal for A-Level achievers who want to progress onto further learning, but also want to get a foot on the career ladder. They have the opportunity to gain degree-level equivalent qualifications at the same time as being in paid employment.

Companies now offering Higher Apprenticeships include Airbus, Barclays, BT, Rolls Royce and Unilever.

Where are apprenticeships advertised?

All apprenticeship opportunities should be advertised via the apprenticeship web site –

In reality not all employers use the web site so check directly with organisations too.  Also use the

Degree Apprenticeships

The Degree Apprenticeship is a new government –backed collaboration between employers and Higher Education Institutions and will be available from September 2015 in key areas including:

  • Chartered Surveying
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Digital and Technology Solutions

In the North West this new degree apprenticeship is available at Manchester Met and is in Digital and Technology Solutions

Companies involved in this new initiative include: Airbus, BT, IBM, Lloyds Banking and Network Rail. For further information visit:

Higher level Apprenticeships/A level school leaver programmes and Degree Apprenticeships open now or likely to be available in 2018 ( this is not a definitive list)

Useful Websites

Students who are interested in apprenticeships should register on the following sites:

Further Information

Please use the guides below to find out more about apprenticeships:

Latest Apprenticeship Opportunities:

The following is NOT a comprehensive list of apprenticeships, some are national and opportunities may not be available locally. Register on  and also search employer’s websites.

Many employers offer Higher and Undergraduate apprenticeships for A level students.  For year 11 students, these are worth looking at now to ensure you select the right A levels. Some closing dates are early, for example Airbus Craft apprenticeships usually close February each year.

There are currently apprenticeship opportunities at:

Please see Mr Shelton for more details.

Astra Zeneca

Scottish Power

Technical and Graduate Apprenticeships available at Wylva Power Station in Anglesey