There are many routes for young people following compulsory education, and not all of these include an academic career at university.

As employees of an organisation, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices also receive training (usually on a day-release basis) to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Students from the age of 16 years old can complete an apprenticeship; there are many industries and sectors to choose from.

Key Benefits

  • Work alongside experienced staff.
  • Gain job-specific skills.
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay.
  • Get time for study related to your role.
  • Avoid thousands of pounds of student debt.
  • Access highly skilled jobs beyond those that university prepares you for.

Employers are big fans of apprentices because they finish up their training with bags of real life work experience. Because it is their aim to hire you as a permanent employee, employers work hard to design apprenticeships to give you all the skills you need to do your job.

Levels of Apprenticeship


Entry Requirements

If you’re after a higher or degree apprenticeship, you’ll either need a couple of A-level/BTEC passes, or to have done an advanced apprenticeship already.

If you’re doing your A-levels and want to do a higher or degree apprenticeship, don’t worry! You don’t need an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship. A higher or degree apprenticeship is a great next step after your A-levels, and as long as you pass two courses with a C or above, you probably have what you need.

What is a Degree Apprenticeship?

University vs Apprenticeship

How to find an Apprenticeship?

 

  • Set up an account on the National Apprenticeship Service website
    The National Apprenticeship Service is run by the government and their website lets you search for apprenticeships in England. You can put in your postcode and search by region, or select the area of work you want to go into, to see what’s on offer.If you want, you can create an account and apply for apprenticeships directly through the website. It’s a really useful system as it brings everything together in one place, but it’s a bit tricky to use sometimes so make sure you play around with the setting so you don’t miss out on what you’re looking for.

 

  • Take the Initiative and Send a CV Even if the Job isn’t Advertised
    The next best thing to applying for advertised apprenticeships is to send your CV, with a cover letter, to a company that you’d like to work for in the hope that they may have a position available. Often, smaller companies don’t advertise their apprenticeships and rely on word of mouth referrals from friends, families and co-workers.If your CV lands on someone’s desk at the right time, you could be in luck. Alternatively, a company may want to keep your CV on record for future opportunities, should any apprenticeships open up further down the line. 

 

  • Talk to your teachers and access Microsoft Teams
    We work closely with local companies and are often able to recommend students directly for positions. Mr Hatherall, UTCW’s Employability Lead is in contact with our vast network employer partners who are actively seeking apprentices in your chosen field of industry. You will find latest information and apprenticeship adverts on the UTC’s Microsoft Team network.