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How apprenticeships work  



Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.  


As an apprentice you will: 

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay  
  • work alongside experienced staff  
  • gain job-specific skills  
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)  

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. 


Levels of apprenticeship 


Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.  


Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.  If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one.  


Who can start an apprenticeship?


To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be:  

  • 16 or over  
  • not in full-time education  
  • You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school but you’ll need to be 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays to start the apprenticeship.  


If you are in Y11 and would like specific advice about applying for an apprenticeship contact our Independent Careers Advisor, Amanda Carroll by email at 


Further sources of informaton:



Information for parents wanting to find out more about apprenticeships so they can support their children. 


The government website hosting a vacancy database and applications system for apprenticeships. You can search for local vacancies using your postcode.  - 


This site is hosted by the Sussex Council of Training Providers and lists the apprenticeships available in Sussex.  - 


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