Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.


Levels of Apprenticeship

 An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - equivalent to NVQ Level 4, HND or foundation degree


 How to apply for an Apprenticeship

Who can apply

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • Living in England
  • Not in full-time education

Click here to watch a video about applying for an apprenticeship


How to apply

You need register your interests on the government website and your local providers of apprenticeships websites. The local providers are normally local colleges e.g. Bury and Hopwood Hall.

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.

1. Search for an Apprenticeship

Go to ‘Find an Apprenticeship’. You can search by keyword (job title, employer or reference number) and by location (postcode, town or city), to suit your criteria. You can also search by category and apprenticeship level.

2. Sign in or create an account.

Before applying for a vacancy you will need to sign in (if you already have an account) or create a new account. It’s easy to register. To set up your account you will need an active email address and a password. Your password should be something you can remember and consist of upper and lowercase letters, a number and at least 8 characters. Once your account is set up you will use your email address and password to log in. When you register for the first time you will receive a confirmation email through your registered email address, which will contain a 6-character activation code. Put this activation code into the relevant box to activate your account.

3. Complete and submit your application

Once you have found the position you want applying is easy. The application form is simple, secure and reusable. You can view the status of your applications and manage them online.

The flow chart will help with the process of applying for an apprenticeship.  If you need any further help please see  Mrs Courtney (Careers Advisor).