Apprenticeships and Employment

The meaning of the word apprenticeship has changed dramatically and the term apprenticeship is now used to cover the majority of school leaver positions.  Traditionally, apprenticeships covered trade and vocational based qualifications.  Today apprenticeships include a vast array of industries and many offer the opportunity to complete professional qualifications including completion of university and/or industry based qualifications.

Levels of Apprenticeship

Intermediate Apprenticeships

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills required for the apprentice’s chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Advanced Apprenticeships

An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-level passes. Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs at grade C or above or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher apprentices work towards work based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree. New Higher Apprenticeship frameworks are being developed as part of the Higher Apprenticeship Development Fund and will be available from 2012/13. Apprentices can also progress to higher education, including university degrees. Click here for more info on higher apprenticeships

The following support will take place in school:

  • Support with CV writing through the Next Steps Day on the 11th July, and continuing through form tutors and KS5 IAG Coordinator.
  • Signposting to apprenticeship vacancies and events provided by Essex Apprenticeship Hub.
  • Access to Pathways support and events to source further National Vacancies and Events.
  • Employment Opportunities

‘Find an apprenticeship’ a website for all school leaver jobs, please note apprenticeship is now a term used to mean school leaver position

Essex school leaver jobs

Milkround website – a specific website for school leavers

Not going to University website of apprenticeships

UCAS website – jobs available in South East of England

UCAS website – school leaver jobs

UCAS website – careers advice

Prospects website – school leaver jobs

Parent/Carer’s Guide to Apprenticeships for post-16 students

IT Apprenticeships



Top 100 Undergraduate Employers

National Careers Service interviews

CV Template