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:

Floor Laying Apprenticeships – Frodsham

Business apprenticeship opportunities at Beaconplus Limited

If you would like to apply for a position within Beaconplus please visit their website
A number of their team have completed apprenticeships over the years, and they have shared their experiences in the following here 


Airbus would like to invite students, teachers, parents and anyone interested in kick-starting their career with a Global leader to join us at our Apprentice Open Day!

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Venue: North Factory (where we make the A350 wings!), Airbus North Entrance, off Chester Road, Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DQ.

For the first time ever, this year we are hosting the event in our state-of-the-art-facilities in the A350 North Factory! Although the event location and name may have changed, one thing remains the same: that the Apprentice Open Day has been a tremendous success annually for 8 years running.

From exclusive site tours, gaming chairs and virtual reality activities to get involved with, attendees will be sure to have a fantastic time! On top of that, students will have the opportunity to speak with industry leading professionals, some of our major supply companies and our key education partners; who can provide all of the information imaginable about our Apprenticeship opportunities!

If you want to help your students learn how an Airbus Apprenticeship can drive their development and provide a clear route for them to fly their future career, then ensure they mark this unmissable opportunity in their diaries!

There is no need for anyone to book a place, simply just show up! For more information check out our Facebook Event and share it with your students!

More information can also be found at


Fujitsu are now accepting apprentice applications as of today. These are for Higher and Degree Level apprenticeships in ICT and Business

Register your place at MMU’s Degree Apprenticeship Open Evening on 22nd November 17.00 to 19.30

Heat Trace – Business Admin Degree Apprentice Vacancy

Business Administration Apprentice Vacancy Description

Closing date for applications 18 June 2018


Essar are offering a variety of apprenticeships and look for talented and enthusiastic people who have achieved or are predicted at least 5 GCSE’s grade A to C or 9 to 4 including Maths and English (and Science for engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships).

Applicants must create an account with the website in order to apply for an apprenticeship.

The main areas we are offering apprenticeships in are:
• IT Data Analytics
• Digital Technology Solutions
• Process Engineering
• Business Administration
• Mechanical Maintenance

• Power and Control

Atos Apprenticeships Runcorn (March 2018)

Apprenticeship opportunities available now in Runcorn:
Infrastructure Technology Level 3
Software Development Level 3

Runcorn leaflet 2018

Apprentice – Runcorn leaflet 2018

Unilever apprenticeships in Business & Technology (March 2018)

Applications for the Business & Technology apprenticeships at Unilever are now open. All information can be found here:

Unilever Business and Technology Apprenticeships

STFC Daresbury Laboratory Engineering apprenticeships (march 2018)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offer a number of electrical, electronic and mechanical apprenticeships. A Council apprentice is taken on for 4 years of paid training. The salary is competitive and the apprenticeship is an ideal start to a career in engineering.


Please see Mr Shelton for more details.

Astra Zeneca

Scottish Power

Technical and Graduate Apprenticeships available at Wylva Power Station in Anglesey

ITV Careers


Fast Tomato

Since 2003, Fast Tomato has been one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. If you have not been given your log in details during PSHCE, please see Mr Shelton.


Kudos will give you all the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination.
If you are unsure of what careers you might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what you like and dislike. You can also discover what careers your subjects can lead to. If you have not been given your log in details during PSHCE, please see Mr Shelton.