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Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Foundation Learning

What is an apprenticeship?


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.


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.


Who can apply

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


How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.


The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.


What is a Traineeship?


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


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


You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.

You’ll get:

  • a work experience placement

  • help with English and maths (if you need it)

  • you won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.


What is a Study Programme?


Study Programme is a Department of Education initiative, which aims to individualise all learners' education and training experience, whilst enhancing their employment opportunities. Study Programmes are designed to complement all learner pathways (both vocational and academic).


Who can apply

You can apply for a Study Programme while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • aged 16-18

  • not Currently at School or college

  • working no more than 10 hours a week


A Progressions Study Programme is designed to get you the skills and qualifications employers are looking for.


We can help you with your CV, interview and application skills, understanding what employers are looking for and the ‘employability skills’ you need to succeed.      


Study Programme, Traineeships, Apprenticeships Providers/Organisations:

Here is a list of local providers alongside the NAS National Apprenticeship Service website.

Click on the link and access information about the providers and the different courses/programmes they offer for Post 16 options.

Further information and instruction for the application process is available in school. Apprenticeship


Is a website has apprenticeships ready and waiting for young people to apply for Post 16 vacancies.

  • Search by postcode, sector area or view all local, regional and national vacancies.

  • You will need to create an account before applying.


Monthly vacancies are printed and displayed outside the Careers Office.


                                     LifeSkills                                               CTS Training                                    Morthyng Vocational College


                Oracle Training Consultants Ltd                    AMRC Training Centre                             The Source Skills Academy


                                                             Babington Group                                      Nacro (Sheffield)                                                              

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust - Education Academy


White Rose (Sheffield School of Health and Beauty)


Interserve Learning & Employment Sheffield


Doncaster, Rotherham & District Motor Trades GTA Ltd (based at Doncaster & Sheffield)



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