What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid; apprentices are employed by a company, with a contract of employment and benefits such as an annual holiday entitlement. By the end of an apprenticeship, apprentices have the right skills and knowledge needed for their chosen career - they have relevant qualifications together with first hand experience.

Apprenticeships take between one and six years to complete; they are funded from contributions made by the Government and employers, so there is no cost to the apprentice. Those choosing to do a degree apprenticeship, can earn a degree without incurring any debt or needing a student loan.

Apprenticeships are a really sought after and valuable option; they are available in every sector including agriculture and animal care, catering and hospitality, digital, engineering and manufacturing, hair and beauty, health and science, transport and logistics, legal, finance and accounting, and many more.

There are many sources of information regarding apprenticeships:

Highly sought after apprenticeships locally include:


BAE Systems

STS Defence


All of the local apprenticeships we are aware of are listed on the Apprenticeship Vacancies page - we keep this as up to date as possible, along with closing dates and salaries. The most competitive and sought after apprenticeships have short application windows, often during the autumn and early spring - once these close, no further applications will be taken until the following year.

Unifrog has a really good section on Apprenticeships, the different careers available, how the different apprenticeships levels work, why an apprenticeship may be the best pathway for you, how you apply, and a list of current vacancies.

The main government apprenticeship site has a wide range of information, live vacancies searchable by area, and the ability to apply online.

The Solent Apprenticeship Hub has a wide range of information and guidance to help find an apprenticeships in the Solent area.

Amazing Apprenticeships has information about apprenticeships along with the levels and benefits on an apprenticeship.

Peta specialists in corporate training for the most in demand professional skills and business improvement courses in Hampshire.

Intequal are an apprenticeship training provider delivering digital and IT training.

HTP offer apprenticeships in Business, Hospitality and Medical.

Not Going to Uni lets you search apprenticeships by employers and providers.

BAE Systems offer Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree apprenticeships.

Get My First Job will connect you with the Best Employers, Colleges and Universities to get you on the right track.

Indeed is one of the UK's top job sites allowing you to search for apprenticeships by area.

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