What is an apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is a real job with training… so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go. Apprenticeships are aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 24 or adults aged 25 and over.


As an apprentice you’ll be employed and will study for a qualification with the full support and commitment of your employer. Apprenticeships involve a mix of classroom learning and practical hands-on experience in various settings. People who have been in a particular industry for a while, but have a new job role, may also be considered for an apprenticeship.


Key benefits of an apprenticeship


  • Earn a salary while you learn, as well as other employee benefits.
  • Progress your career – Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications. [1].
  • Achieve sought-after qualifications – apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning, and you can gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
  • Learn job-specific skills – your employer will provide ‘on the job’ training. You’ll work alongside them and learn the ropes from inside the business.
  • Get paid holidays.


The industry sectors they cover include:


Art and Design, Business Administration, Accountancy, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Food and Drink, Manufacturing, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, The Motor Industry, Performing Arts, Retail, Science, Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching.


What types of Apprenticeship are there?


There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

1 – Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, where you would work towards Level 2 qualifications and Functional Skills.

2 – Advanced Level Apprenticeships, where you would work towards Level 3 qualifications and Functional Skills.

3 – Higher Apprenticeships, give you the opportunity to gain level 4 qualifications and, in some cases, work towards a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree, find out more information here.


To find out more about how to apply for apprenticeships, and apprenticeship vacancies in the area visit the National Apprenticeship Service and find an Apprenticeship. For more information you could also visit Work Wiltshire.


Click here for a guide to Apprenticeships and Barclays Top 10 Apprentice Myths 


Apprentices are now eligible to get a NUS Apprentice Extra card to get discounts off in-store and online at lots of major stores, click here to find out more.




The Get In Go Far campaign is designed to inform and inspire young people to consider apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience as valid and credible routes to a rewarding career. It also aims to increase interest and demand from employers in running apprenticeship programmes.


For a useful Toolkit for young people please click here.


For a useful Toolkit for parents please click here.



[1] ICM Employers Research, 2013


Additional information and helpful resources can be found in the Downloads/Resources section.

What Can I Do Next...

  • Apprentices can progress from Level 2 to Level 3 Apprenticeships, jobs with training or further education.
  • Level 3 Apprentices can progress to higher education to study foundation or honours degrees.
  • Go into full-time employment.