There are apprenticeships available for thousands of different jobs in a range of industries. From something hands-on like engineering, nursing or construction, to a career in marketing, law or project management, to name a few.
With an apprenticeship, most of your learning is through on-the-job training and you’ll work towards a qualification at the same time. You get paid a salary just like a normal employee, and you get dedicated study time throughout the week too.
To be considered for an apprenticeship programme in England, you need to be:
- aged 16 or over
- living in England, the British Overseas Territories, or Crown Dependencies (Channel Islands and Isle of Man)
- not in full-time education
If you're in care, or have experience of being in care, Amazing Apprenticeships Care Leavers Guide gives info about apprenticeships and what help is available if you're considering an apprenticeship in England, including financial assistance.
An apprenticeship is a real job, so you’ll also need to meet any other criteria set out by the employer. Entry requirements are different depending on the employer and the role, and will vary per vacancy. Make sure you read the vacancy carefully and get in touch with the employer if you have any questions.
Remember, it’s not all about qualifications. Employers will be looking for willingness to learn, passion, and transferrable skills you could bring to the role.