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What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship combines learning and working. Apprenticeships offer structured courses of study that lead to qualifications whilst actually working and being paid to do a job. Anyone aged 16 or over can apply for an apprenticeship. They last a minimum of 12 months to 4 years, and are available in 170 industries. Apprenticeships can lead on to Higher Education or full-time employment.

Types of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A-levels
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ level 4 or above, or to a foundation degree.

What are traineeships?

A traineeship is a course that combines learning and work experience. Traineeships can last between 6 weeks and 6 months. They're a great way to build up skills and confidence.

  • Anyone who is aged 16-24 and qualified below level 3 can apply
  • Traineeships can lead to apprenticeships, Further Education or employment
  • You can ask your local Job Centre to learn more about traineeships.

Find an apprenticeship

Visit the Government's Find An Apprenticeship website where you can find and apply for apprenticeships across the UK. Watch their videos, too!

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Free lesson plans

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'Breaking News' Lesson Plan

60 mins: Students come up with a great story of what an apprentice may have achieved in their role.

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'Create a How-to Guide' Lesson Plan

60-120 mins: Students create an apprenticeships how-to guide, individually or as a group.

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'Spot the Apprentice' Lesson Plan

30 mins: Students identify the apprentice from a series of photos and answer questions about the role.

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'True or False' Lesson Plan

60 mins: Students consider an array of roles to determine if they feature apprenticeships as a career route.

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