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Apprenticeships and traineeships


If you’d rather work than study further after leaving school, apprenticeships can be a great way of learning and developing skills – and you’ll be paid for it too, many apprentices are now earning around £170 or more a week.

They’re structured in three levels – Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3), and Higher (Level 4+). If you’re 16-18 and an Intermediate Apprentice, you’ll work towards qualifications like a BTEC or NVQ Level 2. Most days you’ll be in your workplace, but you’ll probably study for at least one day a week, and you should achieve your apprenticeship within two years.

You can visit the official UK Apprenticeships site for vacancies and more information.


If you are aged 16-23 (or have learning difficulty assessments up to academic age 25) and want to work but need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job you might want to consider a traineeship. A traineeship will help you to develop the skills you need to secure and succeed in employment, including apprenticeships.

Traineeships offer the opportunity to undertake an extensive work placement and work skills training, alongside support to improve your English and maths. Depending on your needs, a range of other support and flexible training may be offered to help you develop your skills and progress quickly onto an apprenticeship or secure other employment.