Sectors and qualifications

There's a stereotype that apprenticeships are only available in trades like building or hairdressing. But you can find apprenticeships in a wide range of sectors in large national companies such as Sainsbury’s and BMW, or in smaller local companies.

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There are over 250 types of apprenticeship in a variety of sectors ranging from accountancy and engineering to veterinary nursing and floristry.

Why not have a look at an A - Z list of all available apprenticeships and their levels.

Remember, you still have to find one and you can start by looking here for apprenticeship vacancies.

What qualifications will you get?

An apprenticeship is a set of separate qualifications, called a ‘framework’ and you will need to complete all parts to achieve your apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship framework

Apprenticeship framework

  1. The technical certificate demonstrates achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding related to the wider industry.
  2. A range of transferable skills (either Key Skills or Functional Skills) including English, Maths, ICT, and personal learning and thinking skills such as working with others, improving own learning and problem solving. If you have already achieved GCSEs in English, Maths and/or ICT you might be able to  use these to count towards the achievement of your apprenticeship.    
  3. The competency qualification (often an NVQ) shows you can perform well in your job or profession.
  4. Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) demonstrate that you know and understand areas such as employment related legislation and Health & Safety.

What level apprenticeship could you study?

There are different levels of apprenticeship available, the level you start at will depend on your current qualifications and the opportunities available in the sector you are interested in.




For young people who do not have relevant qualifications

Traineeships are ideal if you are motivated to get a job but lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for. If you have been unsuccessfully applying for apprenticeships due to a lack of skills and experience then you might be a good candidate for a Traineeship. 

Traineeships provide help and support for young people aged 16-23 who need that little extra boost in moving into employment as an apprentice.

For more information have a look at the 'Traineeship' section,

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