An Apprenticeship is an alternative to studying full-time at college. It is a real job where you gain hands-on experience in the occupation you choose. You are treated as any other employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. You will be expected to attend college either by day release or in a block to gain in-depth subject knowledge and practice your skills.  An apprenticeship is ideal for anyone who has a clear idea of the career they want.

You can apply for an apprenticeship at any age from 16 onwards and they are offered from Level 2 (GCSE) all the way to Degree Apprenticeships which often mean you gain your degree but your employer pays your university fees!

Applying for an apprenticeship is like applying for a job; it is an employment process, you apply by CV or application form. Even if you have applied to college for an apprenticeship through PS16 you need to find your employer.

You can find employer vacancies through the website of the college you have applied to, individual company websites or the National Apprenticeship website

useful apprenticeship websites
Parents’ Pack : Apprenticeship Information
The new Parents’ Pack edition includes 4 key events to look out for this term, essential information on entry and apprenticeship levels

The guide to using the Find an apprenticeship website to search and apply
This live feed is from the National Apprenticeship website:

National Apprentice Week: Feb 7th - 13th 2022

the MYPATH guide to Apprenticeships 2022

Apprentice Examples and stories

Below you will find snapshots of people who are currently in or have completed apprenticeships. They will tell of their experiences and offer their own take on how the scheme has helped them