What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a way of gaining valuable on- the- job experience while learning and being paid. They are offered at different levels, depending on your situation and what you want to do. You can do them after year 11 or after post- 16/college, (however, older adults can often do them also). 

Here is a a video – a guide to apprenticeships. 

An explanation of apprenticeship levels is given below:

Apprenticeships are vocational, meaning they are designed to cover specific skills and knowledge for particular job roles and sectors. The following websites tell you the areas in which apprenticeships are offered.

A-Z list of apprenticeships

Overview of job sectors that offer apprenticeships

What can I expect from an apprenticeship?

If your application for an apprenticeship is successful, you will usually be offered an interview, just as a normal job. Different employers use different approaches; for example some will have a two- or three-stage interview process. In more usual times, these might include attending an assessment centre. Currently, interviews and assessments are being conducted online with a similar format to the face- to- face version.

If you are offered the apprenticeship, you will be working around 30 hours a week or more, while doing your study part-time through a training provider such as a school or college. You will be assessed on your progress in your studies (including any written work you need to do) alongside your practical work by an assessor from the training provider. Sometimes they come to your workplace for this; sometimes you will need to attend a training centre or college one day a week on block-release (such as a full week several, times a year). This might be a considerable distance from your home, but any overnight accommodation is normally provided and paid for as part of your apprenticeship and should not cost you extra except for meals and refreshments. However, in current times, many apprentices are completing their work and training online. 

For some apprenticeships, you will be provided with items of clothing such as boots, overalls, hardhats or uniforms if required, but you may need to pay for these along with any other equipment, such as makeup brushes for beauty apprenticeships, or scissors for hairdressers. 

For more information, please click here to read the guide.

What are the entry requirements?

Depending on what level you are applying for, you will need to fulfill certain requirements to be successful in obtaining an apprenticeship as shown in the table above.

However, employers and their chosen training providers can set their own requirements, so these will vary from one apprenticeship to another.  They are usually displayed on the apprenticeship advert. 

Where to Search for an Apprenticeship:

If you are already focussing on a specific apprenticeship area, the following sites might be useful for you:

Case studies 

Find out more from existing apprentices on their real- life experiences of being an apprentice:

Application timelines

Key opening dates of when apprenticeship opportunities can be found here.

Please click here to view a guide to the timelines for applications.

Looking to apply?

Please see our employability page for advice on writing your CV and interview techniques.

Leigh Academies Trust as an apprenticeship provider

LAT Apprenticeships offer training and development programmes to help you gain technical and functional knowledge, whilst acquiring on-the-job practical experience. As an apprentice, you will earn a salary as part of your professional training and you will gain a nationally recognised qualification upon completion.