An apprenticeship is a real job with training, so you can earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications as you go. You can apply for an apprenticeship if:

  • you live in England
  • you’re 16 or over
  • you’re not in full-time education

Apprenticeships take between 1 and 4 years to complete.

University isn’t the right choice for everyone, even students with A or B grades. Did you know apprenticeships are now available in more than 1,500 job roles from nuclear to fashion, and from banking to defence?  There are over 45 higher apprenticeships in England where young people can study up to degree level.

Here at the Skills & Growth Company, we want it to become the norm for young people to consider an apprenticeship as a valid and respected route to a rewarding, well paid career.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are widening access to all sorts of  professions and providing higher level technical skills employers need to improve productivity and give you an equally valid career route as going to university full-time.

For those of you who are not ready to go into work or an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a stepping-stone to a successful future. Traineeships offer young people aged 16 to 24 a training programme with work experience that can unlock your potential and prepares you for a future career by providing the essential work preparation training, maths and English skills and work experience you’ll need to getan apprenticeship or other job.

Work experience is a great way to try out different jobs, and inform your future career choices. Work experience is an opportunity to try something different from school. It can help you gain transferable skills like time management, team work and good communication – skills employers are looking for. An internship or short placement can boost confidence, highlight skills that you might not even realise you have and provide the skills you’ll need to succeed.

A new campaign – Get In Go Far – has been designed to encourage more young people and their parents to recognise apprenticeships as a valid and credible route to a rewarding career. Visit to find out more.

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