Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Internships

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Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

As an apprentice, you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete, depending on their level. They have equivalent educational levels.

For more information about apprenticeships, visit the Government website.

Find an apprenticeship in Northamptonshire using the Not Going to Uni website or the Government website.

Lots of organisations that run apprenticeships in Northamptonshire, such as:


If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for one. A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.

You can apply if you’re:

  • eligible to work in England
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 to 24 and qualified below Level 3

For more information about traineeships go to the Government website. You can also use the government website to search for traineeships in Northamptonshire.


An internship is a period of work experience, offered by an organisation, usually lasting for a fixed, limited period of time. They are typically undertaken by students and graduates looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field.

Employers frequently use these placements to assess a student's or graduate's capability and often recruit employees from their interns rather than advertising their vacancies externally.

Prospects offer information about internships in the UK and you can also apply for an international internship.

Supported Internships

A supported internship is one type of study programme specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have an EHC plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so. In Northamptonshire, colleges are offering supported internships to students accessing the supported learning programmes.

All young people should be helped to develop the skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need to succeed in their careers. The overwhelming majority of young people with SEN are capable of sustainable paid employment with the right preparation and support.

Need Support to Make a Choice?

Speak to your school or college. Alternatively, if you are a vulnerable young person aged 13-19 (up to 25 with SEND) with special educational needs and/or disabilities or you are a young person who has left care, Prospects can give you extra help to ensure you make the right choices when you are ready to leave school or college.

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Age range:
16 years - 25 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - School (5-18)
  • Age - Adulthood (18-25)
Referral route:
  • Contact service direct
  • No referral needed
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