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 and beyond. 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 askfor GCSEs at grade 4/5 or C or above

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

  • Higher or Degree - level 4-7 apprenticeships 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, 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

  • Also check out our Jobfaqs vacancy directory - where to look for vacancies that ask for A levels or several good GCSEs, including apprenticeships (644kb PDF).

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, and health and social care.

There are videos and other information about apprenticeships on the website

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

            • Check out the latest local Recruitline Vacancies Logo 220w - jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships in Calderdale and Kirklees and the type of apprenticeships new entrants to the workforce in Calderdale and Kirklees do

            • Find out more about apprenticeships to Get in and Go Far and search for apprenticeships across England on the National Apprenticeship Service website or check out other job sites

            • Get help with job search - many employers don't advertise vacancies and they often like young people to approach them

            • Find  local and national info on Apprenticeships or training by logging into careersinfo logo - forgotten the password.? Ask your careers adviser or teacher

            • Starting work? Check out our guide to your rights and responsibilities at work

            • The better trained you are, the more you'll earn, that's why Raising the Participation Age means you must now stay in training or learning until you are 18.

Apprentices are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices of £3.70 but many employers pay more (from April 2018).

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


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).

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.


Paige 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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