Careers information for students

National apprenticeship week – Monday 8th to Sunday 14th February

Whether you are looking for the next step after leaving school, or are just curious to know more, National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships.

What is an Apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship is a real job combined with practical training.
  • This means an apprentice can work and earn money while also studying.
  • Apprentices are usually employed for about 30 hours per week, and will receive 20 days holiday.
  • Approximately 20% of an apprentice’s time is off the job. That’s the equivalent to one day a week where you are paid to complete your apprenticeship.

Where will I study an apprenticeship?

What are the different levels of apprenticeships?

Traineeships are unpaid, a bit like work experience and provides a stepping stone to apprenticeships – no formal qualifications are required.

All traineeships comprise of three main elements – work preparation training (e.g. CV’s and cover letters / a work placement / Maths and English equivalent (usually numeracy and literacy functional skills).

Level 2 – Intermediate Apprenticeship (equiv. to 5 GCSEs 9 to 4)

Most employers require applicants to have two or more GCSEs (9 to 4), including English and Maths. Some employers will accept applicants without these grades, if they have any relevant work experience. If this is the case, you might be asked to complete a basic literacy and numeracy test.

Level 3 – Advanced Apprenticeship (equiv. to 2 A Levels)

The entry requirements for advanced apprenticeships vary from company to company, but employers look for students with at least five GCSEs graded 9 to 4 including English and Maths.

Where you start depends on your qualifications and level of confidence / experience.

After level 3 you can even go on to do a degree apprenticeship.

What will you get paid for an apprenticeship?

  • From April 2021 the minimum wage at 16 will be £4.63 per hour (£4.30  for an Apprentice)
  • Sign in and create an account on to search and apply for apprenticeships
  • You will see many employers offer more than this!


  • An apprenticeship is not the easy option and competition is fierce
  • You are basically applying for a job
  • Start preparing yourself now i.e. get work experience, do well in your exams, participate in positive hobbies. Build your personal brand!!!

Amazing Apprenticeship Activity Ideas

As part of national apprenticeship week Amazing Apprenticeships have created a number of fun, learner friendly activities to help you learn more about apprenticeships. Take a look at the suggestions below or visit their site to view the full offering.

Complete the Amazing Apprenticeships NAW2021 Activity Pack

This enjoyable activity pack can be completed digitally or printed off. Working through the activities, you will explore hundreds of different apprenticeship job roles by completing quizzes, watching films, filling in a word search and more. There’s something for everyone!

Test your apprenticeship knowledge

Amazing Apprenticeships has created lots of fun quizzes to help inform students, teachers and parents about apprenticeships, traineeships and T Levels.

Find out which employers offer apprenticeships?

There are thousands of employers that offer apprenticeships. Students often start by looking at some of the more recognisable names and the Amazing Apprenticeships Vacancy Snapshot portal has some of the best-known apprenticeship employers in England. Through the portal, you can explore the different sections to find out the company benefits, the programme details, unique look-behind the-scenes footage, case studies and detailed information about the recruitment process. You will be amazed at the opportunities!

Please note that this portal only shows the vacancies available with those employers. There are thousands of other apprenticeship vacancies available on the GOV.UK Find an apprenticeship website:

Meet real apprentices

View the video case studies and meet real apprentices in their workplace. These films will help to build an understanding of day-to-day responsibilities and the range of apprenticeships available.

To view and download the full range of resources click the link below

NAW2021 – Amazing Apprenticeships

Want to know more?

Visit the following websites

For more information about the content or activities in this article contact Mrs N Prior