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What is an apprenticeship? 

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career. 

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.      

As an apprentice you will: 

  • Learn and train for a specific job 

  • Get paid and receive holiday leave  

  • Get hands-on experience in a real job 

  • Study for at least 20% of your working hours - usually at a college, university or with a training provider  

  • Complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship 

  • Be on a career path with lots of future potential. 


 Level Equivalent education level  
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular as a way of transitioning between education and work.  You can find out more at If we become aware of local  apprenticeships vacancies,  we will post them on our Twitter account @Wath_Careers.

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships allow you to gain a full bachelor's degree or master's. Learn how you can combine working with studying part-time at a university.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service 'Find a Course' search is a useful tool. If you are looking specifically for an apprenticeship, you can search for 'apprentice' in the 'course name or subject' field and enter your location to view local apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Guide

Your apprenticeship starts here! Search by interest or skill, featuring employers in sectors such as vehicle maintenance, transport, engineering, electrical and many more.


Find an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You're an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

You can search for apprenticeship vacancies using the link above. You can filter by location, and search using keywords.

Real stories 

Find out how becoming an apprentice changes lives.

Click the link above to hear from real life apprentices about their journey so far.


Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships is a small team with a big mission. We’re here to help educators, employers and students navigate the fast-changing world of apprenticeships. Our positively charged, inspired team has a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, working in and with schools, colleges and some of the world’s biggest and boldest companies.

They have a number of parent guides available in different languages including Arabic, Latvian, Pashto, Romanian, Urdu, Polish and Punjabi.


Become an apprentice 

Find out how to become an apprentice, what apprenticeships are available, which employers offer them and information about starting your apprenticeship.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship? 

Apprenticeships are an exciting option -  you get hands-on training and also the chance to put your skills into practice.

Click the link above to find out more about the benefits of becoming an apprentice.