An apprenticeship is when you're employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification. It can last between 1 and 5 years, depending on the level of apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you’ll have a proper job within a proper company, receiving practical ‘on the job’ training to develop job-specific skills. At the same time, you will also study towards nationally recognised qualifications, and time out of the workplace will be provided to complete this.

Apprenticeships can range from a Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE’s) through to Level 7 (equivalent to a Masters degree) and are available to anyone of working age, not just for young people. There’s scope to undertake an apprenticeship whatever the stage of your career.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

Get help with your application

You can access support when applying for all jobs, including apprenticeships, through the National Careers Service.

Qualified career advisers offer telephone appointments tailored to suit your personal circumstances and can cover the following:

  • Securing employment
  • CV writing and interview techniques
  • Returning to work after a break.

To get support visit the National Careers Service website (external link) or call 0161 393 6473.

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