Apprenticeships and training

Construction apprenticesWhat are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a job with training. It usually involves on and off-the-job training and may include a qualifications at level 2 or 3 up to level 7. This type of practical learning might suit you more than full-time study.

  • Intermediate - level 2 apprenticeships for people aged 16 and above. Some but not all employers will ask for some GCSEs at grade 4 or above

  • Advanced - level 3 apprenticeships are also for over 16s. They need four or five GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above, usually including English and maths, or an intermediate apprenticeship.

  • Higher or Degree - level 4-7 apprenticeships are for over 18s. Degree apprenticeships include an honours or master's degree.  Higher apprenticeships lead to the equivalent of a foundation, honours or master's degree or  professional qualification. Usually you require a level 3 qualification, such as an advanced apprenticeship, A levels, T levels, BTEC diploma or equivalent.

    Download the Which? Complete guide to higher and degree apprenticeships, the government's Guide to apprenticeships and check out the list of latest higher and degree apprenticeship vacancies

  • JobFAQs 2021 front coverAlso check out the vacancy directory in our JobFAQS 2021 booklet, which includes where to look for apprenticeship vacancies that ask for A levels, T levels, BTEC level 3 or several good GCSEs - login and search careersinfo logo to see a copy of JobFAQS - ask your careers adviser or teacher for the password.

Case Study


Half way through sixth form, Callum decided to do an apprenticeship, he explains why here

Usually you'll ...

... work for a company four days a week and do one day a week at a local college or a training provider working towards qualifications, such as NVQs or BTECs. Some apprentices do other patterns of training, such as block release - one or two weeks at a time away from work. Apprenticeships are available in a range of careers and industries from catering and hospitality to engineering and advanced manufacturing, from health and social care to law and economics, in fact most areas of work.

There are videos and other information about apprenticeships on the website. Also check out these case study videos showcasing apprenticeships in industries where there is a shortage of employees with the right skills. Also see traineeships on Amazing ApprenticeshipsTraineeships are for anyone aged between 16 and 24, or 25 if you have an Education Health and Care Plan.

Search to find apprenticeships locally and nationally, including more info:

Apprentices are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices of £4.30 but many employers pay more (from April 2021).

If you are doing a paid apprenticeship you are classed as being in employment so child benefit and child tax credits will stop or Universal Credit may be reduced once you've started your apprenticeship

Getting to your trainingtravel and transport around West Yorkshire

Not ready for an apprenticeship?

Traineeships and other local training at Level 1 and 2 give you extra help to develop your skills, get some work experience and improve your English, number and IT skills.


Apprenticeships and training option after Year 11

Check out our video on apprenticeships and training after Year 11 or read about all your options (49kb PDF).


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Blazing a trail for apprenticeships

C&K Careers ICT apprentices Tim and Kae and their manager Steve talk about what apprenticeships mean to them ...

Our accountancy apprentice Amber also talks about her experience of doing an apprenticeship ... 



Page and Adam

Find out what it's like to do an apprenticeship from apprentice, Paige and recently qualified, Adam. They both work in the textile sector, one in an office, the other in the manufacture of cloth. They were interviewed by Lorna, another recently qualified apprentice. Listen to Paige and Adam explaining to Lorna what is involved or read it (310kb PDF). See their full interviews on our YouTube Channel

Why is training important?

Employers need people with the right skills and employees need to learn new and develop existing skills to make the right start in a good career. That's why training is important.


Case study


Mary chose to do an apprenticeship after talking to Kirklees College.

The chance to learn something in real life, especially how to deal with things going wrong, rather than sitting in a class room was what swung it for her.

Read about Mary and other apprentices

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