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Apprenticeships – the facts

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 6 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.

Higher Degree Apprenticeship

Higher and degree apprenticeships combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry.

Higher apprenticeships range from Level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above. Degree apprenticeships are available at Level 6, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and Level 7, which is equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Higher Degree Apprenticeship Factsheet

Worcestershire Careers Hub

A central hub to support young people with career advice, looking for a job and preparing for the world of work.

Information and support for employers and schools with useful resources available to download

Applying for an Apprenticeship

All apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the national ‘find an apprenticeship’ website. You can search and apply for any vacancies you are interested in

Handy Guides for Apprenticeship Applications

Applying for a Traineeship

A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

You can apply if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 to 24 and qualified up to and including Level 3 (equivalent to A Level)

T Levels and what they are

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

A parent guide to Apprenticeships

Information for parents about the benefits of apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide.

Apprenticeships in One Word

Got a minute to spare and want to get the gist on apprenticeships? Check out this video in which apprentices from fashion & textiles, creative & digital media and advertising & marketing communications across England tell you their words to describe apprenticeships

Apprenticeships in One Word video

How to write an Effective CV

So you’ve read thousands of job ads and picked out the ones that sound like they’re tailor-made for you.

But ask yourself this: is your CV tailor-made for them?

If the answer is no, stop what you’re doing. Before sending off your application hoping to get a job interview, you need to make sure you have an effective CV

School Leavers – Need help with writing a good CV?

Download this template and instructions school-leaver-cv-template School leaver CV instructions


Provides loads of information on alternative options to university including Apprenticeships

What to wear to a job interview

What to wear at a job interview

Thinking about construction?

For information all about construction careers and to find out about the different types of apprenticeships available in the construction sector visit