What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.

The low-down on apprenticeships

We carried out a survey to ask parents what they thought about apprenticeships. Here’s what we found…

  • Almost 50% of parents told us that they believed apprenticeships were only for individuals who wanted to go into trade professions
  • 1/4 of parents felt that their child’s school or college provided inadequate information about apprenticeships
  • Parents use the word “opportunities” as the most common word to describe apprenticeships

To find out what else parents thought, read our Parent’s View on Apprenticeships Guide.

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A number of companies send us information regarding apprenticeship opportunities for students. Please use the list below for more information about apprenticeship opportunities with that company.

Find out more about the Agent Academy programmes here.

Apprenticeships at Airbus provide school and college leavers the perfect way to help their careers take off.

Whether leaving school with GCSEs, or college with A-Levels, Airbus recruits hundreds of apprentices each year to work at their sites across the UK. With more than 40 apprenticeship programmes available there are opportunities for a wide range of careers. Whether aircraft or satellites; cybersecurity systems or moon landers – Airbus has a wide range of products being designed and manufactured in the UK.

Apprentices at Airbus are supported through an education programme, and are paid at the same time. With salaries from £16,800 to £20,681, it’s the perfect way to get qualified and get paid.

Successful school leaver applicants will work towards level 2, 3 and 4 qualifications, such as NVQs, City & Guild, HNCs and HNDs. Those leaving college or sixth form will work toward their bachelor’s degree. All fully paid for!

Applications are open now for the Airbus Apprenticeship Programme – applications should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. With half term on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to lock in an apprenticeship.

We’re not like other retailers. If you have the drive, commitment and grab-life-by-the-trolley-handles attitude, every day can be amazing here. As an apprentice, you’ll learn the ins and outs of Aldi – one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country.

It’s hands-on, practical work combined with theory, as you work towards a qualification and a permanent position at Aldi. We’re not going to lie, this is hard work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. And with opportunities in StoresLogistics and Driving, there’s more than one way to succeed here. You just have to want it.

Allen & Overy’s Accelerate programme is an interactive, inclusive, and insightful series of workshops and group mentoring sessions for year 13 students from less advantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in the commercial law sector. Over the course of five sessions across two weeks in August 2023, you will become a part of a small working group with a dedicated A&O mentor.The first four sessions will take place online and the final session will take place in person in the A&O London office. You will interact with a wide range of employees from across the firm including Partners, Associates, Trainees, our Early Careers Recruitment team and our Training and Development team. During the programme, you will not only learn more about the commercial law sector, but also enhance your employability skills through identifying your strengths and learning how to excel at applications, assessment centres and interviews.There are also several opportunities to network with firm employees and fellow participants to ask questions in an informal and relaxed setting.After completing A&O Accelerate, in your second term of first year of university, you will be encouraged to apply to A&O First which is a programme that will enable you to further your knowledge of the firm and to fast track yourself to a full time position as a trainee solicitor at the firm after graduation (subject to successful completion of the application process). Further details of the A&O First programme can be found here.

Amazing Apprenticeships is a leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits.

They provide a great resource to learn more about apprenticeships as well as searching through opportunities they provide.

Amazon is a truly unique business. For us there is no limit to our creativity, growth potential and opportunity to improve (as a business and the world around us). We take our position seriously and even though we started in a garage in 1994, times have changed.

Whether you are embarking on your career or want a change of direction, we have an Apprenticeship programme that will support your development in an innovative environment.

Apprentify offers tailored apprenticeships in Digital marketing, Software, Data and Sales to give you hands-on experience in your chosen field. As a leading OFSTED Outstanding apprenticeship provider, we partner with reputable companies nationwide such as JD Group, Wren Kitchens, Manchester Airport Group & more to provide exposure, professional development, and a pathway to a rewarding career.

Why choose Apprentify?

  • Practical Experience: Work alongside industry professionals and gain real-world skills that set you apart.
  • Tailored Learning: Develop expertise in areas like social media marketing, web development, and sales techniques.
  • Industry-Recognised Qualifications: Earn nationally recognised qualifications to enhance your resume.
  • Networking Opportunities: Build connections and gain insights from professionals in your field.

Asda offers a wide range of different apprenticeship roles. Click here to find out more.

Explore opportunities with AWE

Location: NationwideDeadline: Ongoing

Latest opportunities: Work to support the defence of our country. Opportunities for students interested in engineering, physics, environmental sustainability, and nuclear energy.

Applications for BAE Systems 2024 apprenticeships are now open – apply now!

Why a BAE Systems apprenticeship?
From the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space, as a BAE Systems apprentice, you could play an important part in creating the next generation of products and services to secure all our futures. It’s a career you can be proud of.

What would I be doing?
With apprentice vacancies across engineering, business, technology and manufacturing, whichever role and business area you choose, you’ll be given real responsibility from day one. You’ll be supported and coached by some of the brightest minds, all while earning a competitive salary, learning and developing new skills and feeding your curiosity, through both hands-on experience, and the classroom.

What’s in it for me?
In return for your hard work, you can expect all the benefits, training and development opportunities you need to launch your career and achieve your potential:

  • A competitive reward and benefits including access to share schemes, discounts and a pension; and generous annual leave
  • An environment where you can bring your authentic self to work, in an inclusive and supportive culture
  • Hands-on experience on real-life projects
  • Fully funded and industry recognised qualifications, all the way up to a degree if you choose, setting you up for a lifetime of success
  • Job security in a thriving sector, with endless career opportunities

Apply now
Sound like a BAE Systems apprenticeship is for you? Great! But hurry, hurry as the application window closes 28 February 2024 – to secure your role, apply now.

Our apprentices tackle puzzles like this every day. Join them and you’ll be involved in some of the most complex and challenging work out there – earning while you learn, and finding answers that shape daily life.

We’ll support you every step of the way. Your line manager, our development team, ex-apprentices – they’ll all be there to help. And you’ll join a regional network of apprentices, who’ll share the whole experience with you.

Whether you’re interested in a business, technical or construction career, you’ll have the chance to shape your future at Balfour Beatty.

Learn while you earn with Britain’s leading housebuilder.

Could you help build the homes of tomorrow? With a Barratt apprenticeship you can. We’ll equip you with the skills, training and confidence you need to build your housebuilding career from the ground up. Channel your ambition into an exciting industry and fill Britain with new homes.

We’ve got an apprenticeship programme to suit everyone. From recent school-leavers to career side-steppers, we accommodate all stages of learning and experience. Explore your potential in the construction, commercial or technical side of the industry.

As an Intermediate or Advanced Apprentice, you’ll be supported in your learning from day one. And as most of our team have completed an apprenticeship themselves, you’ll never be short of friendly advice. We combine hands-on work with professional training, practical skills with transferrable qualifications. At Barratt, your apprenticeship can be the foundation for a long career.

An Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship lets you fully immerse yourself in the jobBut if you have prior work experience or you’ve studied to a higher level, you can choose from our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships instead. Our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships let you earn a degree while working on real projects.

Ready to start your career journey in one of the most exciting industries in Britain?

BP offer apprenticeships in business, customer service, engineering, sale and marketing. Click here to find out more.

Explore opportunities with bp

Location: NationwideDeadline: Ongoing

Latest opportunities: For students interested in Marketing, Operations, Business Sales, Tech Solutions and Product Design. Degree apprenticeships available in Business Management and Sales.

Is your child considering a career within the British Army? The Army Foundation College (AFC) is where we train 16 and 17-year-olds to get them ready for their future careers.

The course we offer is split into 4 sections:1. Military Training (59%),2. Education (25%),3. Resilience & Leadership Training (11%),4. Physical Training (5%).The College has two intakes a year in September and March and there are over 76 different job roles ranging from:

  • Combat
  • Engineering
  • Logistics & Support
  • Intelligence, IT & Communications
  • HR, Finance & Support
  • Medical
  • And Music

Unsure of which roles would best suit your child? Find out some potential options here.

Army Officer Scholarship Scheme

The Army Officer Scholarship Scheme guarantees your child up to £10,000 in financial support, starting in Academic Year 13. It also guarantees your child a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a career as an Army Officer when your child finishes education.

Your child will receive £3,000 while they are in Year 13, then a Standard Bursary of £6,000 while they’re studying at university (£7,000 for a 4-year degree). Your child must have at least 40 ALIS points from GCSEs or 37 ALIS points from Scottish National Qualifications.

Army Scholars can apply to join any Corps for which they are eligible. Your child does not have to make a final decision about which Regiment or Corps they want to join until they’re at Sandhurst, unless they’re thinking about joining as a Professionally Qualified Officer, such as a Doctor, Dentist or Lawyer.

If your child is aged 16 or 17 they will need to apply online before March of Year 12. They will then attend the Army Scholarship board in June or July before they turn 18. This qualifies your child for a commission in the Army and allows your child to apply for additional bursaries.

Every year, we help more than 2500 people from all walks of life to start new chapters in their careers – more than any other private sector business in the UK.

Wherever they join us – in BT, EE, Plusnet or Openreach, our apprentices learn real-world skills and help solve some of the world’s biggest tech challenges. They build brilliant careers. And they do amazing things along the way.

Apprenticeships are a chance to earn while you learn. As a Bupa apprentice, you’ll be given full support so you can balance both studies and work. Whoever you are, whatever your background, the work and effort you do will have a lasting impact on people’s lives.

Explore the different apprenticeships we have on offer.

CGI supports the most ambitious IT careers. We are an established and growing company.

No matter if you’re an undergraduate or just leaving college/school, you’ll find opportunities to learn, grow and thrive here at one of the world’s biggest IT companies. Build your future with us.

Have you had a chance to plan what you want to do when you finish school / college? This opportunity we have below is perfect for anyone who might be considering a gap year or perhaps might want to get straight into work within a business and finance role at a FTSE company.

You will be considering your career choices by now but might be concerned that going to university is not the right route for you. Some of you might want to take some time out from studying and get working and others might just want to pick up some new skills. If you are looking for a hands-on opportunity where you can begin your career and earn a salary as soon as possible then we have something for you with global FSTE company Clarksons.

Clarksons are a global FTSE 250 company with 53 offices in 23 countries and are the world’s biggest shipping services provider. They offer huge potential to shape your career with fantastic opportunities to learn across the world.

They currently have several openings for Trainee Brokers – which is basically a finance and trading / stocks and share’s role based in the city of London! This is an exciting opportunity where you will learn from a highly experienced team of brokers, to form and shape the foundations of a career within the shipbroking business. From day one, you will enjoy the visibility of working within a global organisation and exposure to the most interesting work!

This one-year Trainee Broker programme gives you the ultimate flexibility to defer your university place whilst getting a taste to what the working world is like within a global company. And of course, if you enjoy yourself and do well after the first year a full-time role will be ready and waiting for you!

Places are limited so apply now to avoid missing out! It’s simple and easy to apply, there is a short application form, and you will need to upload a CV.

Launch your career with an apprenticeship

Coach Core have some fantastic opportunities available for you to begin your exciting career in the Fitness and Active Leisure industry.

If you’re looking for a career where you can deliver fantastic customer service then this career path is for you. Don’t miss out!

  • Alongside your experience and qualifications, you’ll earn a very competitive wage.
  • As an employee you will have access to further discounts on products and services offered by Coach Core and its partners.
  • Coach Core offers excellent career progression, taking you from apprentice to managerial roles and beyond.
  • Learning on-the-job allows your knowledge to be put into practice straight away, increasing confidence and improving performance.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners offers a wide range of different Apprenticeship Schemes, including: Sales, Merchandising, Food Technology and Engineering. We offer on-the-job training as well as valuable experience working alongside some of our highly skilled colleagues. For more details see below.

Deloitte, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, have just opened their apprenticeship applications for 2024!

Renowned for their commitment to excellence and offering a dynamic learning environment, apprentices can grow both personally and professionally through Deloitte’s apprenticeship programmes.

Offering opportunities in areas such as Technology, Finance, Business Management, Law, and more, each of their programmes have been designed to help kickstart young peoples career, develop their skills and start making an impact!

Why should they consider Deloitte’s Apprenticeship Programme?

Part of the Big Four: Deloitte is part of the esteemed Big Four, renowned for setting industry standards and driving impactful change worldwide.

Global Impact: Be part of a network that spans the globe, making a difference and shaping the future of business on a massive scale.

Unparalleled Growth: Experience unparalleled professional growth, working with experts and mentors who are dedicated to nurturing their skills and ambitions.

Application Deadline:
The application process operates on a rolling deadline basis, meaning they close once a position is filled. Students should apply as soon as possible so they don’t miss out!

Explore opportunities with Dixon Wilson

Location: NationwideDeadline: 30 April 2023

Latest opportunities: Work on varied and engaging projects with a diverse portfolio of clients, earn a competitive salary, and become a fully qualified Tax Advisor in only four years!

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our entrepreneurial and supportive culture promotes bold, ambitious thinking and a warm, empathetic approach. Trusting, collaborative relationships with clients and each other is at the heart of everything we do. As an apprentice at DLA Piper you will have wide ranging support throughout your studies to ensure you feel valued, welcomed and supported at all times.Current opportunity:Project Manager ApprenticeshipWe are hiring Project Manager Apprentices to join our DLA Piper Service Delivery team based in the Leeds Office. This innovative and growing team focuses on delivering efficiency gains, tech solutions and process improvement to enhance our client offering and increase competitiveness. The team also work directly with clients to design bespoke solutions for their organisations and in-house teams. As an Apprentice within this team, you will get the opportunity to complete four, 9 to 12 month long rotations in a number of departments while you study towards a Level 6 Project Manager Apprenticeship, which takes four years to complete. After the four years you will become a Project Management professional with a recognised qualification (BSc in Project Management) and accreditation from a certification body.

Kick-start your career and develop skills for life on our Assurance Business Apprenticeship. You’ll be working with EY clients, earn a salary from your first day, make a real impact to client projects, all while studying for an industry recognised professional qualification. And, while technology increasingly automates the routine work, you can expect more freedom to focus on clients. And clients are a big part of the job. You won’t be hiding away behind the scenes here. You’ll be developing key relationships and making them last – all while building a better working world through big and impactful projects. You’ll be encouraged to succeed by an apprenticeship coach and supported by a team that provide useful resources for your studies.

Applications close on Monday 26 June – don’t miss out!

The Financial Conduct Authority are looking for bright, enthusiastic graduates, apprentices and interns to join their early careers programmes.

If you join us, you’ll gain valuable experience and develop expert knowledge working with some of the biggest names in finance. Not only that, you’ll also make a real difference in the financial industry and to the UK population as a whole.

Whether you’re finishing school, studying at university or have already entered the world of work, our programmes offer you the chance to make your mark.

Greene King have some fantastic opportunities available for you to begin your exciting career in the Hospitality industry.

If you’re looking for a career where you can deliver fantastic customer service then this career path is for you! Don’t miss out!

Alongside your experience and qualifications, you’ll earn a very competitive wage!

You will have access to a 33% discount on food and drinks at any Greene King managed site.

Greene King offers excellent career progression, taking you from apprentice to managerial roles and beyond!

Learning on-the-job allows your knowledge to be put into practice straight away, increasing confidence and improving performance.

We’re HMGCC, His Majesty’s Government Communications Centre. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of us, we are used to it! We’re all about exploring the limits of technology and discovering the unexpected. Our systems help protect national security – both at home and overseas.

Now we’re looking for people who want to use their creativity, curiosity, and passion in an apprenticeship in one of our key

We offer apprenticeships in five areas:
• IT
• Software
• Manufacturing
• Engineering
• Electronics

No matter which you choose, we want someone like you – always up for trying new things and constantly improving. As a true team player, you’re excited to share your ideas and learn from others. And because you understand the impact of our work, you’ll bring integrity and professionalism to the table as we make a national impact together.

During your apprenticeship, you’ll be amazed by the unique problems you’ll work on and solve. We offer an environment filled with machinery and equipment you won’t find elsewhere. And with the mix of classroom and team tutorials, you’ll learn both independently and through teamwork.

But that’s not all. In return, you’ll enjoy all the other wonderful benefits our employees receive, including 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years’ service), training and development opportunities, gym access, an excellent paid pension scheme and paid parental and adoption leave.

You’ll also have access to courses on time management, presenting skills, creative thinking, and more.

HSBC offers both foundation and degree apprenticeships with the international bank. Click here to find out more.

Level 3 Customer Services Apprenticeships – Apply now!

HSBC’s Foundation Apprenticeships provide you with a permanent contract entry-level role, giving the opportunity to gain working experience whilst studying towards professional qualifications. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as support and encouragement to develop and progress your career within HSBC.

Applications are now open across various locations and areas across the bank, all with an expected start date of July 2023.

Roles available:

Early Careers – Foundation Apprenticeship Programme 2022-2023 – Branch Network (UK – UK locations)

UK Locations: Chester, St Helens, Altrincham, Crawley, Hereford

Our Branch Network is at the heart of a local market acting as a financial partner and community hub. A role within our branch network can be your starting point of an amazing career journey with HSBC, it’s where some of our most successful senior employees started their own careers. We are looking for people to join our team who are passionate about delivering an exceptional customer experience, who are ambitious and have a helpful personality.

Application deadline: 2 April 2023

From technology, business and finance, AI, design and marketing – there’s a wealth of opportunities available and IBM are there to support you on every step of the way.

Kickstart Your Career with Jaguar Land Rover

After completing GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications, there are a variety of options available to students. Have you considered a Jaguar Land Rover retailer apprenticeship?The Jaguar Land Rover retailer apprenticeship programme are recruiting for over 150 apprenticeship vacancies this year. We are looking for Service Technician, Customer Service Advisor, Parts Advisor and Sales Executive apprentices to become part of our team across the UK.Below are some of the top benefits of a Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Apprenticeship:

  • Earn while you learn without racking up debt
  • Gain work experience from day 1 of your apprenticeship
  • Receive nationally recognised qualifications
  • Brand certification from one of the UK’s prestigious car brands
  • Develop life skills and technical knowledge to succeed
  • On the job training with support provided throughout the learner journey
  • Meet new people and take part in new experiences
  • The first step towards a rewarding career in the automotive industry

Jaguar Land Rover have ambitious growth plans and recognise the importance in identifying talented individuals to become the next generation of professional retailer employees.

Become a Parts Advisor, Customer Service Advisor or Service Technician:

  • Work for the UK’s largest automative manufacturer,
  • Receive a professional qualification, and,
  • Earn a competitive salary!

Locations: Norwich, Oxford, Southend, Stockport, Stafford, Ribblesdale, Watford, Hereford & Brighton

Think ahead of the curve and get a career for life with a JTL apprenticeship in building services engineering.

If you’ve recently left school or college, or if you are about to leave this year and you’re not sure if further or higher education is right for you, an apprenticeship could be the answer.  Apprenticeships allow you to combine practical training in a job with study. You will gain hands-on experience, earn a wage and learn skills that employers want, helping you to develop a rewarding career.

A JTL apprenticeship can be started at 16 and completed within 4 years. There is plenty of demand for new talent in the sector with huge potential to progress up the career ladder. Electricians and plumbing & heating engineers can earn on average over £32k per year once qualified.

KPMG Apprenticeships offer you the chance to gain professional experience and develop the skills you need for an exciting career. You’ll be supported to achieve professional qualifications and accreditations – such as diplomas and degrees – and earn a salary, all at the same time.

Through our brands, Lloyds Banking Group, has a relationship with just about every household and community in the UK. We underpin the lives of millions of individuals and businesses and play a key role in helping to build a growing UK economy. We’re also a major provider of UK apprenticeships.

We offer valuable work opportunities, combined with exceptional training and development options, for apprentices throughout our business. We see apprentices as a vital talent stream and have created an inclusive, welcoming and challenging environment in which they are set up for success.

Right now, we have a number of apprenticeships open, from Level 2 through to Level 7. These are aimed specifically at school leavers, for an opportunity to gain hugely valuable experience, plus professional qualifications, in HR, Risk, Customer Services or Software Engineering.

As the year progresses, we’ll be updating the list with many more – Lloyds Banking Group offer various apprenticeships in 9 different business areas. You can find more information on our dedicated apprenticeship pages.

We also have a wealth of resources on our Let’s Get Life Ready pages – point your students towards this for information, inspiration, tips and advice on everything from CVs to self-confidence.

Sixth form/College leaver Apprenticeships available across the UK

Marsh McLennan is the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people.

We offer our clients services such as:
– Insurance Brokerage
– Risk Management
– Reinsurance Services and many more!

Our 83,000 colleagues advise clients in 130 countries. With annual revenue of over $20 billion, we help corporate and public sector leaders navigate an increasingly dynamic environment through four market-leading businesses – Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer and Oliver Wyman. Together, we address the most complex challenges of our time.

Are you a student looking to explore opportunities that will allow you to grow within an organisation that provides limitless opportunity?

This is truly one of the most exciting times of your life with everything ahead of you. Make the most of your future now by choosing a company that lives its values, cares about it’s communities and is deeply committed to helping colleagues and employees achieve more from their career.

You will find endless opportunity at Marsh McLennan. Your career journey here is a powerful mix of formalised and specialised company and industry training as well as individual initiative and ambition. How fast, how far and where you go is truly up to you.

Bright ideas, relentless curiosity and exceptional results drive our business forward – and the same holds true for your career.

Discover our business, develop your skills, build a network and earn the qualifications you need to succeed. Our four-year apprenticeship schemes provide you with a platform to study, work on exciting projects and make a valuable impact with the work you do, all while earning a salary.

Our apprenticeships focus on business, engineering, software and manufacturing. As part of the programme, you’ll move around the company in rotational placements, where you will gain a wider understanding of what we do, build a network within the organisation and define your future career with us.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to develop. You’ll work at one of our MBDA sites and study for your qualification via day release at university or college. We also organise bespoke training courses to further enhance and improve your skill set.

Starting September 2023 our apprenticeships last for 4 years with salaries starting at £18,000, with a £3,000 joining bonus paid in your first months salary.

Applications for our apprenticeships for 2023 are currently CLOSED – we’ll open around September 2023 for our 2024 programmes.

Are you ready to unleash your software development skills in a vibrant and nurturing organisation?

The Met Office is looking for talented individuals like you to join their team and kickstart a successful career!

As an equal opportunities employer, the Met Office values diversity and inclusion, creating an environment where everyone can thrive.

Moreover, they offer a hybrid working model, allowing you to strike a balance between remote work and on-site collaboration, as well as a robust apprenticeship training program providing the perfect platform for your professional development.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.

Apply today and embark on a rewarding journey with the Met Office.

You want to be an expert in your field one day. We want to help make it happen. Whether you join DE&S as a graduate or an apprentice; a career changer or school leaver, we’re here to help you find your specialty.

Whichever area you join us in, you’ll discover new talents, pinpoint new ambitions, find a home among a diverse team – and be empowered to turn your gifts into an incredible career. Ready for real investment in your future? We’re developing tomorrow’s talent today.

Our apprenticeships and graduate schemes are constantly growing and, right now, we offer opportunities in:  

  • Operational Delivery
  • Information Management & Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Project Delivery
  • Corporate Services 

Launch your career with an apprenticeshipMitchells & Butlers have some fantastic opportunities available for you to begin your exciting career in the Hospitality industry.If you’re looking for a career where you can deliver fantastic customer service then this career path is for you! Don’t miss out!

Get high-street shopping discounts, 28 days paid holiday, pension scheme, and free shares.

Amazing 33% discount across all of our brands, including 33% discount at Inn Keepers Lodges!

Mitchells & Butlers offers excellent career progression, with funded qualifications up to degree level.

Learning on-the-job allows your knowledge to be put into practice straight away, increasing confidence and improving performance.

Nando’s is searching for Apprentice Team Members (AKA Nandocas) to join their family of restaurants across England.

Nando’s believes growth is about more than just helping you to perform in your job, it’s about becoming a better person inside and outside of work.

You don’t need to go to crazy lengths to join the family. Just show that you’re brimming with passion, ready to bring your personality to the table and excited about a career with Nando’s.


National Apprenticeship Week is a week every year where we showcase apprenticeships and the opportunities available.

Apply to NAO’s Apprentice Accountancy Scheme by 6th of April!

We want to share an exciting opportunity that we believe will be of interest to students interested in a career in accountancy.

The National Audit Office’s (NAO) Apprentice Accountancy Scheme is a respected training scheme that offers a unique opportunity for students to learn and grown in their career.

The NAO is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog that supports Parliament in holding government to account for its use of public money. The apprenticeship is a fantastic way for students to gain valuable experience in this field, while also earning a salary and working towards a fully-funded and globally recognised accountancy qualification.

During the apprenticeship, students will work alongside experienced professionals in areas including audit, financial reporting and financial management. They will have the opportunity to contribute to high-profile audits and work on challenging projects, gaining practical experience, and developing essential skills.

The NAO is looking for motivated and talented individuals who are committed to learning and growing in their career, and we believe this training scheme would be an excellent opportunity.

If you know of any students who may be interested in this opportunity, please direct them to the NAO’s accountancy scheme through the button below for further information and to apply.

Hurry though as applications close on Thursday 6th April 2023 (23:59).

Find out about Early Career Programmes & Apprenticeships in Horseracing

Have you ever thought about a career in the Horseracing industry?
There are various career paths they can take, some of which they may never have even thought about and a wide range of training to support them on their journey.

Foundation training at our racing schools, the National Horseracing College and the British Racing School, leads to completing an apprenticeship in a racing yard, which allows you to work hands-on with horses. There are similar options in Scotland with the Scottish Racing Academy.

There is also an option for those that want to work with horses but maybe don’t want to ride. The National Stud offers an Entry to Stud Employment Course for those with no experience handling horses, leading to a role in the breeding industry.

If media interests your students, then there is the Racing Media Academy who provide students with work experience and training at some of the largest media companies within Horseracing. This involves a one-week course at the British Racing School, followed by a paid placement in one of the many racing media outlets. Applications are invited in November.

Our apprenticeships are a fantastic alternative to further education. You get to learn new skills that you’ll use in real-world situations from day one and you’ll get paid while you do it! It’s a win-win really.

Our Apprenticeships give you time on the job doing real work while you’re studying for your qualifications, giving you the chance to learn from your work and put the things you learn on your course into practice. There are loads of jobs to choose from including digital and technology, customer service, project management and more!

You won’t be on your own either. From day one, you’ll have support from the Early Careers team, an apprentice buddy, your line manager, as well as a Learning Coach from your training provider, we’ve all got your back.

Apprenticeships for 2023 are now open.

An apprenticeship with us can set you up for a career full of possibilities. From engineering to finance, business to IT, as one of our apprentices, you’ll earn a competitive salary, while studying towards qualifications. You’ll also play your part in delivering projects that matter to families, friends, colleagues, and businesses across the UK.

Do you want a career with progression and purpose?

We’re recruiting for our award-winning 2024 National Graduate Leadership Programme, which trains graduates to become neighbourhood police officers in London. This is a graduate career that allows you to rise through the ranks while increasing your salary and improving your future career prospects.

As a neighbourhood police officer, you’ll build relationships and find out pieces of information to build a bigger picture of what’s happening in your area. Your day-to-day role will help to fight crime, find solutions to anti-social behaviour and work to support and protect vulnerable people. Your impact on their future will shape communities for the better.

PwC’s Flying Start Programme is for young people that want to go to university but are also ready to begin their career.

Studying at university, students will get to experience the full-time student lifestyle but with integrated paid placements at PwC. They’ll work with world-class clients and be part of highly skilled teams, gain a degree, and hopefully impress them enough to secure a graduate job with them!

Choose from a degree in Accounting, Technology or Business Management.

Programme locations:
Accounting: Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, London
Tech: Manchester, Birmingham, London, & Belfast
Business Management: Belfast

How to apply:
These are degree level apprenticeships that students apply to through UCAS. For more information on the programme and how to apply click here.

An Apprenticeship in the Royal Air Force offers you the chance to gain a professional qualification as part of a challenging and unique career.

Not only will you gain a professional qualification that’s recognised in the civilian world, you’ll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen field once you’ve completed it.

You’ll receive the very best training and, as well as getting paid to learn, you’ll get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF as well as dedicated on base medical and dental care.

We currently have 23 roles to choose from that come with RAF apprenticeships rated Outstanding by Ofsted. They are available in a broad and diverse range of careers including aviation operations, engineering, hospitality & catering and IT.

Explore opportunities with Rolls-Royce

Location: NationwideLatest opportunities: Engineering, Manufacturing, Software Engineering, Digital & IT, Electrical & Electronics, Supply Chain, Nuclear Engineering, Finance, Project Management, Commercial, Materials Engineering, Non-Destructive Testing, Nuclear Business, Aerospace Services, Marketing, Quality Management apprenticeships

The Royal Navy offers a wide range of apprenticeships. Watch this playlist of videos which explains more about apprenticeships with the Royal Navy, click here.

SB Skills Apprenticeships offer learners a safe and trusted environment to learn and progress their career, with understanding supportive and dedicated staff, treating you as an individual.

Our experienced trainers are friendly and approachable and committed to supporting you every step of the way to achieve success. Once you have completed your course, we will work with you to help you progress to your next goal. Take control of your future and let us help you on the journey.

Looking for a career in STEM? The Science and Technology Facilities Council has apprenticeship opportunities across the country, including at Daresbury (Warrington).

Software Engineering Apprenticeship
London or Greater Manchester
£25,456 (London), £23,725 (Manchester)

MI5 and MI6, are part of the UK’s Intelligence Services. We work together to safeguard Britain’s people, interests, and businesses from various threats at home, overseas and online, including cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. Working across our vital missions, you’ll deliver impact at the heart of national security, all within a supportive and inclusive environment that allows everyone to thrive.

The Role
Technology sits at the heart of everything we do at MI5 and MI6, enabling us to disrupt serious threats to UK national security. As a Software Engineering Apprentice, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from software delivery teams and that will offer you a unique insight into the work of the intelligence agencies. Through a variety of placements, you’ll collaborate with colleagues and work in teams to build technology that helps to catch criminals, expand our technical capability and improve our ability to tackle threats. Our work is constantly evolving, so you will too. Over the course of the three years, you’ll become familiar with some of the world’s most sophisticated electronic equipment and gain practical expertise that simply isn’t available anywhere else. What’s more, in addition to the hands-on experience you’ll receive, we’ll support you fully as you work towards a BSc Honours Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions. You’ll be a vital part of a team that ensures the UK Government can operate in cyber space with confidence and can stay ahead of the pace demanded by the evolving digital world.

About You
We don’t expect you to know everything – in fact, the most important quality we’re looking for are people with technical aptitude and a willingness to learn. But you should have a genuine interest in programming, problem solving or technology. You’ll also need (or expect to have by September 2024) 72 UCAS points, and a minimum GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and maths – or equivalent functional skills (level 2). You might also have some understanding of javaScript, data storage technology or cloud technology.

As organisations that value and nurture talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. So you can expect excellent rewards and benefits, an inclusive workplace and supportive training.

At MI5 & MI6 diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our websites:

Sky offers a wide range of apprenticeships in a number of different fields.

St Helens Chamber deliver a range of apprenticeships in St Helens, Liverpool and across Merseyside.

Are you ready to experience the world of Banking? Are you looking for an immersive Internship experience, that will provide first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in a global organisation? Register your interest today and be first in line when our internship applications go live in September.

Our Summer Internship Programme allows you to work directly on real-world problems, build your business skills, while you take an active role in supporting and driving innovation and creating lasting relationships and connections along the way.

Our programme is designed as a pipeline into our Graduate Programme or Straight-to-Desk roles. If you do well, you could get a job offer at the end of the programme.

Take a look at out opportunities below and hear first hand about the experiences from our current interns:

Apprentices are crucial to our business, as we look to the next generation to help us build a better future. There’ll be no tea making or waiting around in this role!Our schemes vary from purely office or purely site-based position, to a blend of both.So don’t be shy – you don’t have to be straight out of school or college to apply for our schemes. If you’re looking to make a career transition or re-train, we’d love to help you with that too.Apprentice Ranges 

  • Level 2, 3, 4 & 5

Salary Levels

  • Level 2/3 – between £15,000 to £18,000 starting salary, depending on location and hours per week
  • Level 4/5 – £19,000 starting salary

Interviews – Early JulyStart Date – 31st August 2023Locations – London (East – Waltham Forest, West – Harrow), Birmingham, Bristol, Bridgend (Cornelly), Norwich, WalsallThere’s never been a better time to get into construction, so join Tarmac and help to build our world.

UBS has a UK School Leaver Apprenticeships, an important entry level pipeline for UBS. The programs provide apprentices with skills and experiences required to transition from school to the workplace, while working towards recognised qualifications. As an apprentice you will be a full-time employee and your role will be a mixture of on-the-desk duties and learning and development.

If you want a great introduction into the world of work with one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, this is the program for you.

Interested in an apprenticeship? Find out everything you need to know.

Have your students considered a Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme?

The Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme offers the opportunity to learn and earn through gaining a nationally recognised qualification while working for one of the world’s leading automotive brands such as Audi, SEAT, SKODA, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Volkswagen Group Paint and Body, and TPS (Volkswagen Group Genuine Parts).

The Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme are recruiting around 480 apprentices this year for Service Technician, Parts Advisor, Customer Service Advisor, Parts Sales Executives, Paint Technician, Panel Technician and Mechanical Electrical and Trim Technician (MET) roles.

Below are some of the benefits of the Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme:

  • Earn while you learn without racking up debt
  • Gain work experience from day one of your apprenticeship
  • Receive nationally recognised qualifications
  • Acquire brand certifications from Europe’s largest carmaker
  • Develop life skills and technical knowledge to succeed
  • Training and support provided throughout the learner journey
  • Meet new people and take part in new experiences
  • The first step towards a rewarding career in the automotive industry

Once the apprenticeship is complete, there are many opportunities to progress within the retail network. Jonathan Aitkenhead (Aftersales Manager) discusses how the apprenticeship programme helped him to develop his career. Watch his video here.

There are some apprenticeship opportunities currently open for application:

The NSG Group which is a global Company has announced 10 fantastic new apprenticeship opportunities that they are hiring for to start in September, these include Design (Electrical and Mechanical pathways) this is a rare opportunity and an amazing apprenticeship and career.

Alpla, which is a long standing employer of Waterside Training, has also announced that they are taking on a technician apprentice to start in September which will lead to a great career with an amazing company.

These may be the last of the apprenticeship vacancies for this year. All applications are closing in July, so if you’re interested, don’t delay!

Many industrial companies rely on complex systems to operate efficiently and to produce output to the right quality standards. Waterside trains apprentices in a variety of roles for industry:

Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeships typically involve carrying out fault diagnosis and maintenance on mechanical equipment such as gearboxes, pipework, chain drives, pumps, hydraulics and pneumatic systems.

Electrical Engineering Apprenticeships involve carrying out fault diagnosis and preventative maintenance on electrical equipment, such as motors, control units, PLCs, sensors, instrumentation, distribution systems and switchgear.

Design Apprenticeships are based on providing support for all areas of the engineering function. Typically apprentices will be involved in understanding problems in detail, developing solutions, working with CAD drawings and managing projects.

Process Manufacturing Apprenticeships involve safely monitoring and controlling process lines, first-line diagnostics and maintenance of faults, and typically also include continuous improvement projects to raise cost/quality/safety/environmental performance. The Waterside apprenticeship programme also includes basic engineering training to provide a technical grounding before specializing in a particular industrial process.

Allowing you to earn whilst you learn, an Apprenticeship will provide you with valuable workplace and industry experience whilst gaining a qualification. From levels 2 through to degree appenticeships, Wirral Met offer a wide range of training programmes across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

Working with over 500 public and private sector organisations, Wirral Met believes that apprenticeships are a great way to give people of all ages an opportunity to progress further in their chosen careers.

Why Choose an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships have become increasingly more popular over the past five years, even more so now. There is a wide range of different and diverse roles you can pursue through an apprenticeship, be that in engineering, health and social care, business or even science.


  • Earn while you learn
  • High quality training
  • You can still get a degree
  • Gain hands on experience in your chosen career and much more!


“Apprenticeships are for those who do not perform academically.”
FALSE – They are a fantastic opportunity for all kinds of people looking to expand their knowledge and upgrade their skill sets, by getting stuck right into a job.

“Apprenticeships are only for manual trade jobs.”
FALSE – This is not entirely true, although there may be a wide range of apprenticeships in construction, engineering, IT services, which are very hands-on, there are also a vast choice of vocational trades such as law, fashion, media.

“Apprentices have no scope for progression.”
FALSE – Approximately 65% of apprentices are hired on a permanent basis by their current employer after their programme has finished and a third who remain in the same company receive a promotion in their first year.

“Apprenticeships are only for entry level or low-level workers.”
FALSE – Whilst there are apprenticeships at lower levels, there are also a wide range of higher level and degree level apprenticeships. There is something for everyone.

“University graduates earn more than apprentices.”
FALSE – There is a common misconception among young people (and parents) that university will set them up to earn more in the future. By the time a graduate has just qualified, an apprentice will have completed their End Point Assessment and will already have a year or two experience in the industry putting them ahead of fellow university graduates.

Useful Information

DfE Careers guidance and access for education and training providers – October 2018

Link to the website regarding apprenticeships
This includes a guide to apprenticeships and students can also access a link to search for apprenticeship vacancies.