You can become an Apprentice at any age and any stage of your life. An Apprenticeship is a great way to start your career but also a great way to upskill in your current job.

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice read on below.

  • Earn a salary while you learn
  • Progress your career
  • Achieve sought-after qualifications
  • Learn job-specific skills – your employer will provide ‘on the job’ training.
  • Get paid holidays

Apprenticeships follow one of 15 technical routes to skilled employment. Each route shares a range of occupationally related skills and knowledge and underpin all technical education, apprenticeships and T-Levels.

Agriculture, environmental and animal care | Business and Administration | Care services | Catering and hospitality | Construction | Creative and design | Digital | Education and childcare | Engineering and manufacturing | Hair and Beauty | Health and science | Legal, finance and accounting | Protective services | Sales, marketing and procurement | Transport and logistics

To see the range of approved and in development apprenticeship standards within each technical route visit the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

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

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, where you work towards Level 2 qualifications and Functional Skills.
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships, where you work towards Level 3 qualifications and Functional Skills.
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships, give you the opportunity to gain qualifications up to Level 5 which is the equivalent of a Foundation Degree.
  • Degree level Apprenticeships, give you the opportunity to gain qualifications up to Level 7 which is the equivalent of  Masters Degree.

To read inspiring case studies visit our apprentice stories page.

Visit Find an Apprenticeship website to search for roles.

Discover vacancy details from over 40 employers, including:

  • Vacancy locations
  • Salary information
  • Direct application links

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  • Apprenticeship Website – Government website features everything you need to know about becoming an apprentice
  • The South West Apprenticeship Company Ltd – committed to successfully matching employers to apprentices, providing support and guidance every step of the way. SWAC offers a new flexible, low cost, low risk way of delivering Apprenticeships, which benefits everyone involved.
  • Rate my Apprenticeship – this website contains apprenticeships information, jobs, reviews, top employers & careers advice for school and college leavers.
  •  Shared Apprenticeships South West is a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) initiative which works with construction companies based or operating within the region. Apprentices are recruited, trained and managed through the scheme. The shared element means apprentices have the opportunity for fixed-term on-the-job placements with one or more construction companies or projects during their apprenticeship.

The Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) is a community of current and former apprentices. There are hundreds of Apprentice Ambassadors across England, all of whom work in a wide range of roles and typically on a variety of apprenticeship programmes.

The Apprentice Ambassador role includes:

  • live and virtual presentations at schools or colleges
  • attending and speaking to people at career events
  • supporting mock assessment centre workshops
  • participating in social media campaigns
  • sharing experiences using blogs, videos and formal case studies

To join or for more information visit their dedicated website. 

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