What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training that allows a young person to earn while they learn, while gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and are a way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience at the same time.

There are a wide range of apprenticeships from administration through to engineering. Once the apprenticeship has finished, there’s the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.

The National Apprenticeship Service is working with UCAS to extend this system so that more qualifications gained during an apprenticeship count towards an individual’s university application.

Who is eligible?

Anyone in England can apply for an apprenticeship if they are:

  • 16 (school leaver) or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education

What level of apprenticeship can I apply for?

There are three levels in England:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a Foundation Degree

How can I find an apprenticeship?

To find current apprenticeships you can go the the Government's website:

You can search for current opportunities, but if you want further information or want to apply for an apprenticeship, you must create an account. This will allow you to:

  • apply for apprenticeships
  • get email and text alerts about new apprenticeships and your applications
  • track your applications

Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation

Offers a range of services and support to a membership network of work-based learning providers. Steering best practice, they provide a structure for collaborative work between our members and offer links with other agencies operating in the work-based learning sector.

Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Apprenticeship Hub is a collaborative group, responsible to the LCR Employment and Skills Board. The hub aims to increase the awareness of, the number of and the quality of apprenticeships available to residents of the region by supporting and co-ordinating apprenticeship activities to make apprenticeships work for businesses and young people.


The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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