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An Apprenticeship is a way to get the real work experience and skills employers are looking for. You will be a stand-out in the field of job applicants with your hands-on training and the confidence it brings.

If you have the Level 2 qualifications to progress but you’re not sure if college or university are right for you, take a look at an Apprenticeship as a direct route into a job you will love.

At Skills Training UK, we work with hundreds of employers to recruit and train emerging talent and we know Apprenticeships transform the skills and confidence of individuals, teams and even the whole company.

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I never thought when I left school that I’d be doing physics and things like that. But it’s practical, on the job learning. I’m not really someone who can sit down and read a book, I’d rather be getting hands on experience.

Tyler Sharrock, 17, former PMO Apprentice now taking Level 2 NDT Operator.

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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a paid job where you have time set aside to study for a formal qualification.

Apprenticeships are available at Level 2 (GCSE) through to 7 (Master’s Degree) and can be taken by new recruits and experienced employees. Your employer and the Government pay the course fees.

Apprenticeships are as varied as the employers who offer them, but each programme has a ‘Standard’ which will tell you about the skills, knowledge and behaviours you will learn.

How to find an Apprenticeship

To find an Apprenticeship you need to use the National Apprenticeship System. You can check for opportunities by industry and location to find out what is available near you.

All the vacancies available with our employer partners and delivered by us are added to the national database.

To apply for a vacancy you will need to create an account on the National Apprenticeship system and check the entry requirements for the Apprenticeships you want to apply for.

Don’t have the qualifications?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for the Apprenticeship you want, we can help. Whether it is help with Maths and English or more industry specific training you need, our Courses for 16-18s, Traineeships and Courses for Adults all offer pathways into Apprenticeships, further education or employment.

Currently working but want to upskill?

If you are already in employment and interested in taking an Apprenticeship, talk to your employer about your goals and ask them to talk to us to see if we can help.

See Apprenticeships by sector on our website.

We also offer free courses for adults in employment looking to achieve more.

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Apprenticeships for young people

1.How is an Apprenticeship different for a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is a training programme where you work towards a qualification (or two!) while also learning employability skills and developing your personal skills and confidence. It’s a great stepping stone to further education and training, an Apprenticeship or a job.

An Apprenticeship is a paid job with work-related training. Sometimes they are highly technical for a role or sometimes they are more broad with many transferable skills.

At Skills Training UK we have strong links with employers across all sectors and we are constantly looking to develop pathways which take our learners forward from vocational courses and Traineeships on to paid Apprenticeship roles.

2.Combining work and training

Most of your time as an Apprentice is spend learning at work and doing the job you’ve been hired for, but you will have time set aside for regular training and study.

Skills Training works closely with your line manager and/or training supervisor to make sure you are able to progress well and get any support you need.


3.Funding for Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are funded in two main ways:

  • The Apprenticeship Levy is paid by employers with an annual wage bill over £3 million. This levy goes in to a digital Apprenticeship account which the company can then spend on training for it’s staff through Apprenticeships.
  • Small and Medium-sized companies (SMEs) can get 95% of the cost of Apprenticeship training from the Government and pay 5% themselves.

For more information on Apprenticeship finding see our Funding and Incentives page.

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The programme covers strong theoretical elements of Clinical Coding such as the importance of accuracy and consistency in recording data and what we use the data for. This isn’t typically covered in the standard Clinical Coding course, mainly due to time and the intensity of the practical coding undertaking, so to have a programme that can encompass both elements and underpin the theory is invaluable.

Rachel Darby, Clinical Coding Trainer and Operations Manager at Somerset FT.

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What we wanted was someone who understood the sensitivities around the pressures which the NHS is under and as Skills Training UK have worked with a lot of other NHS Trusts, we feel that they have this and that they’ve displayed that understanding and that sensitivity with our staff

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Many of them achieved Distinctions and Merits and we are really proud of what they have achieved both individually and as a peer group. It was wonderful for them to collectively achieve the Leading Light Award.

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Staffordshire NDT specialists make long-term commitment to local youth with apprenticeships

“It’s success that benefits everyone, leads to full time employment for local youth, and future proofs the company. And with the Apprenticeship Levy, it’s a no-brainer.”

Ed Roe, Managing Director and Co-Owner

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I didn’t want to ever reach the level where I’m content and stagnant and not going anywhere. It’s hard work and it’s something to be proud of.

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