Day 3 of National Careers Week 2017: Today we focus on apprenticeships, telling you about the facts and useful websites.

Apprenticeships - THE FACTS

What are they?

  • A route into employment, training and education delivered by employers together with training providers
  • Combine on-the-job and off-the-job learning: Earn while you Learn
  • Over 250 types of Apprenticeships exist nationwide in jobs ranging from accountancy to veterinary nursing

How do they work?

  • Generally 1 to 4 years
  • 4 Levels:

* Intermediate: Level 2                      

     Equivalent to five GCSEs

Advanced: Level 3                          

     Equivalent to two A Levels

Higher: Level 4                                  

     Equivalent Foundation Degree Level or above

Degree: Levels 6 to 7

   Equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree


What do they include?

3 parts:

  • A Competence based element – to show you can perform job tasks effectively
  • A Technical element – to show technical skills and understanding theory behind these
  • A Skills element (maths, English and ICT (if relevant to the role)


Apprentice National Minimum Wage (from October 2016) is £3.40 per hour for 16 to 18 year olds.   

Some pay more and others increase wages as skills developed.  

See  for details


A Traineeship is a course which includes work experience to get you ready for work or an

Apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months and is not paid but helps you gain experience

and skills towards applying for paid work


Where to Find An Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

Most Apprenticeships and Traineeships are

advertised on the National Apprenticeships website:  

Here you can create your own account to search and apply for apprenticeships and also set up email / text alerts to get news of new apprenticeships and to track your applications.

See also


Other Websites for School Leavers:

These include a wide range of apprenticeships, school leaver programmes plus internships and work experience opportunities:  

Careers Information

Research facts about a wide range of careers before choosing an apprenticeship:  

Local Training Providers offering Apprenticeships

Local colleges of Further Education:

Speculative Applications

Send your CV to local businesses – use for company addresses

  • Google company names and look on their websites for possible job opportunities on their “corporate” and / or “careers” pages
  • Check out companies’ social media pages (Facebook / Twitter) to make contacts and look for opportunities

 Apprenticeships and Jobs: Useful websites

Please use this link to download a full TrustCareers flyer of useful websites.