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Courses and training

An apprenticeship gives you on the job training plus recognised qualifications.

What does it offer?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually 1 day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Find an apprenticeship

Search for apprenticeships by sectors, job role or area.

There is also information on how to write a successful apprenticeship application.

We also have information on apprenticeships in childcare and health and social care.

For more information read our Guide for apprentices (PDF 2.5MB) leaflet.


A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 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 below Level 3 (2 A Level passes)

You’ll get:

  • a work experience placement
  • help with English and maths (if you need it)

You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

Find a traineeship.


Tel: 0300 300 8352


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