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Preparing for Employment


An apprenticeship is a job with training. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours they need for their immediate job and future career. The apprentice gains this through formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise these new skills in a real work environment. 

Apprenticeships can be accessed year round however, some large employers will recruit apprentices in groups at certain times of the year. 

There are a variety of ways to obtain an apprenticeship but applying for an apprenticeship is a competitive process. Apprenticeships are jobs, so employers decide who they are going to employ, and what the entry requirements should be.  These may include specific GCSEs or particular experience. 

Apprenticeships are available at a range of levels, with the entry roles generally being offered at level 2. 

Intermediate - Level 2 Equivalent to GCSE
Advance - Level 3 Equivalent to A Levels
Higher or Degree - Levels 4 - 7 Equivalent to Foundation degree to Bachelors / Masters


Apprenticeships vacancies are often advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website (opens a new window) 

However some training providers and large employers advertise directly on their websites. Each link below leads to external provider websites showing apprenticeship vacancies: 

Another way to obtain an apprenticeship, particularly practical apprenticeships, is to find an employer who can offer a suitable role in their organisation.  The employer can then search for a local training provider who can support them by delivering the required training alongside the job. 

Adjustments for young people with EHCPs undertaking apprenticeships

Adjustments can be made to apprenticeships to ensure that they are inclusive for young people with SEND relating to the below: 

The apprenticeship training provider will be able to provide further information on the above and adaptations that can be made.  

The website Amazing Apprenticeships hosts a range of information including monthly parents/carer packs giving the latest apprenticeship updates.

Amazing Apprenticeships website (opens a new window)

If you (or your young person aged 16-18) would like to know more about traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities, please email: