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Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training, theory, practical skills and paid work. Apprentices spend most of their time in the workplace but also attend a specialist learning provider or college (80% on the job, 20% training). It usually takes between 1 and 5 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on the level and job role. The minimum wage for apprentices is currently £4.30 per hour. Pay can be more than this and depends on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship. There are 250+ types of apprenticeship covering over 1400 job roles.

Most apprenticeships and jobs will be advertised from January onwards. Some employers recruit early, e.g. Jaguar Land Rover usually have a deadline before Christmas for their apprenticeships starting the following year. Entry to apprenticeships is competitive so it would be wise to also apply for another option as a back up.



If you do not feel ready for an apprenticeship but like the idea of it you could consider doing a traineeship. A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months and involves a work experience placement and 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.  Visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk to find out more about, and apply for, apprenticeships and traineeships.


Apprenticeship Guide


How to write a CV

There is no one 'perfect CV' as your CV should be tailored to your strengths and the job you are applying for. Unifrog has a CV builder tool to help you present your achievements, qualifications and experiences. For feedback on your CV, send it to Mrs Colgan via Unifrog.

Click here for advice on how to structure your CV and some examples.


Cover Letters

A cover letter is something you would send alongside your CV.
It is an introduction to you and why you want to apply for that specific job, without repeating your CV.
Click here to learn about how to structure a cover letter and what to write.


The application process

PwC have created a great series of e-Learning modules that can help you with online applications, assessment centres and general employability skills.
Click below to find out what employers are looking for and tips to help you stand out from the crowd.


Apprenticeships - Student Resources