What is an apprenticeship? - A real job with real training, meaning you earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised qualifications.
There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.
They are available at different levels:
Intermediate Level 2 (Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes)
Advanced Level 3 (Equivalent to 2 A level passes)
Higher Level 4 – 6 (Foundation degree or above)
Degree Level 6 – 7 (Bachelors or Masters degree)
There are many different types of apprenticeships i.e.: Accounting, equine, broadcast production, composite engineering, information security, design.
General advice and information plus video examples of apprentices and their experiences of apprenticeships:
You can also follow the links to register, set up alerts and explore vacancies.
The government website provides advice and information on apprenticeships including 'A guide to Apprenticeships' and 'A-Z of Apprenticeships' (industries, subjects and levels available.) Both of these useful resources can be downloaded free of charge and help to explain what it's like to be an apprentice - including the exciting opportunities and benefits.
The UCAS website also has comprehensive information on apprenticeships in the UK: https://www.ucas.com/apprenticeships-in-the-uk
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Everything you need to know about apprenticeships in England https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/apprenticeships-uk/apprenticeships-england
A downloadable comprehensive guide to Apprenticeships: https://www.ucas.com/file/120301/download?token=DPdwJ0EV
There are a variety of ways that students can search for apprenticeship vacancies:
Students who have access to the school’s Unifrog system can select and search for current apprenticeship vacancies. The Unifrog system pulls in vacancies from the National Apprenticeship Service and other sites advertising vacancies.
The Government provide a National Apprenticeship Service vacancy site “Find an Apprenticeship”. Employers offering apprenticeships should advertise vacancies here. Students can set up alerts so new vacancies are emailed to them when added and can search for current vacancies:
Bedford College run an apprenticeship vacancy and matching service: https://www.bedford.ac.uk/apprenticeships
Link to local vacancies from this page https://www.bedford.gov.uk/jobs_and_careers/jobs_hub/apprenticeships.aspx
Other sites that offer links and access to School Leaver Programmes, (Higher & Degree Apprenticeships vacancies):
Rate my Apprenticeship - https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/search/jobs
Not going to University - https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/all
Unifrog, Degree Apprenticeships – Why you should love them