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Apprenticeships and traineeships


If you have an idea of the career you would like in future and would like to gain work experience alongside studying, an apprenticeship could be for you. You receive training, earn while you learn as well as developing skills and gaining qualifications. 

You work towards a nationally recognised vocational qualification. If you have not achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above you will study functional skills Maths and English.

There are different categories of apprenticeships with different entry requirements and they can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentice's ability and the industry sector.

Some apprenticeships consist of one or two days a week at college and the rest of your week at a work placement. Others involve a block of training at college followed by a work placement.

Some examples of apprenticeship programmes are:

  • motor vehicle
  • childcare
  • retail
  • engineering
  • hairdressing


Traineeships are individualised programmes that focus on your own specific needs and help to get you ready for an apprenticeship or job. You will learn specific work related skills which take into account your personal needs such as confidence building and interpersonal skills.

A traineeship programme can last up to 6 months and consists of a work placement, work preparation training such as CV writing, interview preparation and practice and learning to work in a team. You will need to continue with English and Maths unless you already have a GCSE at grade 4 or above.

Find a traineeship on the GOV.UK website.

Useful links

GOV.UK apprenticeship guide
GOV.UK find an apprenticeship

Page last updated: 11 May 2021
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