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What Is An Apprenticeship?

There are many options available to young people after leaving school. We have outlined the information and benefits about Apprenticeships as a key route into securing a job and progressing into a successful career.

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications, through hands on work experience and as an employee your son or daughter can earn as they learn.

Why do an Apprenticeship? Parents Image

  • Nationally recognised vocational qualifications
  • Workplace experience
  • Practical skills and knowledge
  • Functional skills, such as working in teams, problem solving, literacy and numeracy, communication and using new technology
  • A real wage
  • Better job security
  • Paid holidays
  • Route to university, further or higher education or training

What's involved?

Apprenticeships typically take one to two years to complete depending on the level of the Apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector. Our Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of occupational areas from Childcare and Hairdressing to Equine and Construction, and some are available at two levels - Intermediate Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in the UK and not in full-time education. There may be different entry requirements depending on the Apprenticeship and the industry sector they would like to work in. However, apprentices need to be committed, motivated, enthusiastic and reliable. Your son or daughter must also secure employment in a relevant industry. Applicants will be interviewed prior to starting on an Apprenticeship programme. 

We are always happy to discuss the options available with either you or your son or daughter. If you would like more information please contact our Advice and Guidance Team on 01483 44 85 85 or email

You can also visit our latest Apprenticeship Vacancies with local employers here.


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