Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you will:
Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
NameLevelEquivalent educational level
Advanced3A Level
Higher4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor's or master's degree
Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.

Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you are still at school. To start one, you will need to be:
  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.
  1. Search for an apprenticeship
  2. Create an account
  3. Sign into your account if you already have one
  4. Complete and submit your application
The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

If you’re unsuccessful

You can ask for feedback if you do not get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.
You can complain if you think you were not successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.
Apprenticeship helpline
Telephone: 0800 015 0400
8am to 10pm, 7 days a week

If you need more experience

If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one.

For further information: