Apprenticeships and Employment
The option to pursue an apprenticeship is increasingly a real opportunity for Year 11 students to consider. Apprenticeships are paid work that includes at least a day a week of formal learning at college – earn while you learn.
Apprenticeship opportunities range and the learning within them is equivalent to educational levels as follows:
Five GCSE Passes – Grades 9-4
Two A Levels
Foundation Degree and Above
Bachelors and Masters Degree
Our local ASK (Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge) team in Sheffield have made this useful video for Wickersley Partnership Trust students and parents outlining key information around searching for and securing an apprenticeship opportunity after both Y11 and Y13.
The Apprenticeship Guide
For a great guide to apprenticeships and vocational learning giving online access to loads of useful information about apprenticeships, general careers advice, direct links to employers and training providers that offer apprenticeships, see apprenticeshipguide.co.uk.
- Summary of every apprenticeship framework offered in England.
- Search by what you apprenticeship are interested in.
- Hall of Fame – industry leaders talk about why they rate apprenticeships so highly.
- Stories from successful apprentices give a better idea of what it’s really like to take an apprenticeship and why it’s worth doing.
- Higher Apprenticeships – a great alternative to university. Find out what the options are and where a Higher Apprenticeship could lead.
- Apprenticeship vacancies – live feeds from the National Apprenticeship Service.
Want some extra cash and responsibility?
Here are some ideas for finding a ‘Saturday job’ and why doing so will help your employment chances in the future:
Job TitleApprentice Autocare Technician Who would I work for?Kwik-Fit UK What does the role involve?You’ll learn to work with all kinds of makes and models
If you are unsure of where to start when looking for an apprenticeship, here are some resources you can use to search for local opportunities.
Students who are looking for an alternative to sixth form may consider looking at apprenticeships, the links below provide useful information on how to get started.
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
As well as post-16 apprenticeships there are also higher and degree apprenticeships available. These are a useful way of learning hands-on alongside studying for a degree.
For students looking to go into work it’s important to know that until the age of 18 you have to be in some kind of formal learning – hence if you would like to be working from age 16 years and above this would either be on a part-time basis whilst studying at college or sixth form or as part of an apprenticeship framework.