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Local Offer: A Quick Guide to Apprenticeships - WNC

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Apprenticeships are real jobs that combine work with training and study. You'll earn a wage, gain skills and have the opportunity to put what you learn into practice.

Types of Apprenticeships:

There are over 600 types of apprenticeships in different areas of work. So no matter what career you’re interested in, there’s likely to be an apprenticeship for you.

Entry Requirements for Apprenticeships:

To start an apprenticeship, you'll need to:

  • be 16 or over
  • live in England
  • not already be in full time education

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you're still at school.

To apply for some apprenticeships, you might need to have certain qualifications, such as GCSE English or maths. If there are any additional entry requirements, they will be listed in the apprenticeship application details.

What You’ll Do as an Apprentice:

As an apprentice you'll:

  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • develop the skills you need for the job
  • work on the job for around 80% of your apprenticeship
  • get time for study related to your role, either at your place of work, a college, a training provider or online
  • be on a career path with lots of future potential

Qualification You’ll Earn:

You’ll also earn a qualification from your apprenticeship.

The 4 different apprenticeship qualifications levels are:

  • intermediate: level 2
  • advanced: level 3
  • higher: level 4 or 5
  • degree: level 6 or 7

It takes between 1 and 5 years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on the level. Find out what qualification levels mean on GOV.UK.

Find an Apprenticeship:

After Your Apprenticeship:

Depending on the level you took, when you’ve finished your apprenticeship you could:

  • get another job with the same company you did your apprenticeship at
  • find a job with a different employer
  • do another apprenticeship at a higher level or in a different industry to try something different
  • go to university or another type of higher education

More Information:


  • Towcester Area
  • Corby Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Wellingborough Area
  • West Northamptonshire
  • National Organisation
Additional languages
Translation and/or Interpreting Available on Request
Age range
Suitable for ages from 16 years to 66 years
Referral route
  • Self Referral
  • Education or School Referral
For people with
Suitable for Everyone
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Age Range - Adulthood
Provider category
Universal Services - Suitable for Everyone


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Last updated 01 July 2024