Doing an apprenticeship gives you the chance to earn while you learn.  An apprenticeship may be a better option for you than further or even higher education. Until you are 18, you must continue to learn for at least one day a week, even if you are employed. Employers will be looking for people who are keen to learn and able to work hard.  

There are different levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate level apprenticeships – level 2
  • Advanced level apprenticeships – level 3
  • Higher apprenticeships – level 4, 5, 6 and 7
  • Degree apprenticeships – levels 6 and 7

The length of these apprenticeships will be based upon your knowledge and experience and the type of apprenticeship but will last at least 12 months and will include an end point assessment.

Apprenticeships are based on an apprenticeship standard developed by employer groups or an apprenticeship framework (these are being gradually replaced by standards). You may be required to develop your Maths and English. Your training will be provided by a training provider which may be a local college and it will be their job and your employer's to help you succeed in your apprenticeship.

What types of apprenticeships are there?

You can do an apprenticeship in more than 170 disciplines – everything from business administration to engineering, from nail technology to bricklaying, from aerospace to broadcast media. Just about every career you can think of is available as an apprenticeship somewhere.  

How do I find local apprenticeships?

How much will I earn?

There is a national minimum hourly rate of pay for apprentices. Employers can pay more than this if they feel it is appropriate to the role. Apprentices are paid for all the time they are on the apprenticeship, including training time.

Your pay may increase as you develop your knowledge and skills and as your career progresses.

Did you know?

Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal. [Source:]

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Supported internships

Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if appropriate, and English and Maths.

Currently supported internships in Northamptonshire are organised through the college or post 16 provision that the young person attends.

Career Advice

Young people not in education, employment or training, and young people with a special educational need can be supported by Prospects.

Prospects provide a careers service for Northamptonshire making sure young people most in need of specialist help can access the guidance and support they need to move into education, employment and training.

Young Northamptonshire residents - specifically vulnerable young people aged 13-19, anyone aged up to 25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and young people who have left care - are supported and get extra help to ensure they make the right choices when they are ready to leave school or college.

In Northamptonshire young people are closely involved in shaping the services Prospects provide. This involvement helps motivate young people across the county to find the right direction to suit them.

Schools have a statutory duty to provide access to careers information, advice and guidance for all their pupils. The targeted service commissioned by the council through Prospects supplements the arrangements for information, advice and guidance  that schools will already have in place.