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.

To watch presentations from our recent Apprenticeships events, please see the links below:

Post-16 Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

There are many sources of information regarding apprenticeships:

Students in Year 10, 11 or Lower Sixth can take part in the Apprenticeship Academy in the summer of 2023. Further details are below.

The Apprenticeship Academy - 14 June - 19 July. Please see 'The Apprenticeship Academy' Page for more information

Apprenticeship Academy Leaflet.pdf
Apprenticeship Academy Booklet.pdf
Apprenticeship Academy Booklet (1).pdf

Unifrog has a fantastic 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 that is updated daily. Make this your first port of call!

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

Information and guidance with relation to finding apprenticeships in the Solent area.

Amazing Apprenticeships

A fantastic user friendly resource for finding out about all things apprenticeships!

Engineering, Business & IT

IT and Digital Industries

Hospitality, Healthcare, Business & More

Indeed - one of the UK's top job sites, search for apprenticeships by area