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Apprenticeships are real jobs that combine work with training and study. You'll earn a wage, gain skills and have the opportunity to put what you learn into practice.

Types of apprenticeships

There are over 600 types of apprenticeships in different areas of work.

So no matter what career you’re interested in, there’s likely to be an apprenticeship for you.

Entry requirements for apprenticeships

To start an apprenticeship, you'll need to:

  • be 16 or over
  • live in England
  • not already be in full time education

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you're still at school.

To apply for some apprenticeships, you might need to have certain qualifications, such as GCSE English or maths. If there are any additional entry requirements, they will be listed in the apprenticeship application details.

What you'll do as an apprentice

As an apprentice you'll:

  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • develop the skills you need for the job
  • work on the job for around 80% of your apprenticeship
  • get time for study related to your role, either at your place of work, a college, a training provider or online
  • be on a career path with lots of future potential

Qualification you’ll earn

You’ll also earn a qualification from your apprenticeship.

The 4 different apprenticeship qualifications levels are:

  • intermediate: level 2
  • advanced: level 3
  • higher: level 4 or 5
  • degree: level 6 or 7

It takes between 1 and 5 years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on the level. Find out what qualification levels mean on GOV.UK.

Find an apprenticeship

You can search and apply for all apprenticeships available now in England on GOV.UK.

Find an apprenticeship on GOV.UK

You can also view a list of all higher and degree apprenticeships on Amazing Apprenticeships, available both now and in the future.

After your apprenticeship

Depending on the level you took, when you’ve finished your apprenticeship you could:

  • get another job with the same company you did your apprenticeship at
  • find a job with a different employer
  • do another apprenticeship at a higher level or in a different industry to try something different
  • go to university or another type of higher education