Careers Opportunity & Apprenticeship Information

What is an Apprenticeship?

It’s a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You’re treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

If you’re 16 or over, you can become an apprentice as long as you spend at least 50% of your working hours in England – for the duration of the apprenticeship and you are not in full-time education.

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

When you’re an apprentice:

  • you get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of your time spent in off the job training, often at a college, university or with a training provider
  • you train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation
  • you’re on a career path – with lots of future potential for you

Your apprenticeship can take between one and six years to complete, depending on which apprenticeship you choose, what level it’s at, and your previous experience.

These levels are:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A Level passes
  • Higher – can lead to NVQ level 4 and above
  • Degree – Level 5-7

Different apprenticeships are available all over England, at companies large and small, in a wide range of industries and organisations. From local organisations to large national brands.

You get valuable hands-on experience working whilst you learn, which helps you progress in your working life.

Completing your apprenticeship means you’ve earned and learned. Given your training is funded by contributions from the government and your employer, and you receive a regular salary, apprenticeships are a great option for getting on the job ladder or supercharging your career.

What are the different types of apprenticeships?

There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from. Whether you’re at the start of your career, want to change career direction, or if you’re returning to work after a break.

All apprenticeships make sure you’re ‘job ready’ for the role you have trained for.

Apprentices earn a salary right from day one of their employment and training.

If you think you need better skills and need more work experience so that you’re ready to apply for your chosen apprenticeship – you could consider doing a traineeship.

What is 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.

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

You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.

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.

Useful Links:

Find an apprenticeship to suit your business or further your career Find out what you need to do to become an apprentice, what careers are available and which employers are offering them. Become an apprentice. Fire up your business with an apprentice. Employing an apprentice is easier than you think and there’s financial help and support available from the government. Hire an apprentice. SBTV X Fire it up.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Please find attached this week’s live apprenticeship vacancy reports.

These vacancies can be accessed by using the Reference number or by searching for the learning provider on Find an apprentice (Faa) online (

It is important that this data is used only as a guide, and that you log onto Find an apprentice for the most up to date information.

Please do not contact the employer unless stated in the vacancy.  If you require more information than is described, please contact the learning provider in the first instance; their contact details will be available in the advert or you need to access the website.

Apprentice Vacancies – South Staffordshire College (

Army Apprenticeship – Skills and Learning

Army Officer – A Female Perspective


For those who complete an Apprenticeship there will be an opportunity to take up a permanent, full time role within E.ON, with the additional opportunity to carry on studying for more qualifications whilst earning a very competitive salary.

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