Getting an apprenticeship/traineeship once you leave school

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An apprenticeship/traineeship is one of the options you can choose once you leave The Heys School. Here is some information from the National Careers service website:

Earn while you learn with an Apprenticeship. The world is changing fast and to get ahead you need up to date skills. An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications as you go. If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full-time education, you can apply. They take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,200 job roles, in a range of industries, from engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy. Read more about the different types of Apprenticeships and job roles available on the Apprenticeships website.

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship but need more skills and experience in order to get onto one, a Traineeship could be for you. A Traineeship can last anything from six weeks to six months and is a work placement that combines work experience with skills training.

Key benefits

Progress in your career, Achieve sought-after qualifications, Learn job-specific skills, Earn a salary, Added incentives, Top quality training.

Apprenticeship levels

Depending on your current skills and qualifications, there are three levels of Apprenticeship you can apply for:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (level 4 or above) 

Your employer and learning provider

Your employer provides your on-the-job training and pays your wages. A learning provider can be a college, training organisation or university, and they look after the rest of your training. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release (attending one day a week) or over a succession of days in a short period (block-release).

Applying for vacancies


Useful links:

Government apprenticeship website

Local apprenticeship providers:

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The Growth Company

Bury College

Hopwood Hall

Army Click Here

RAF Click Here


Visit the Apprenticeships website to search and apply for Apprenticeship vacancies.

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