What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. All employed Apprentices get a wage.

£4.30 is the national minimum Apprentice rate (April 2021), for Apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Some employers will pay Apprentices more than the National Minimum Wage.

What different levels of Apprenticeship are there?

There are four levels of Apprenticeships in hundreds of vocations.

At the age of 16 or 17, depending on the entry requirements, students can apply for:

an Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship   [Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grades 9-4], or

an Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship   [Equivalent to 2 A Level passes].


At the age of 18, depending on the entry requirements, students can apply for:

a Higher (Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7) Apprenticeship   [Equivalent to a Foundation Degree and above], or

a Degree (Levels 6 and 7) Apprenticeship   [Equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree]

What Apprenticeship opportunities are available now?

Searching for local Apprenticeship opportunities?  Click here to view jobs within 10 miles from Norwich.  You can alter the parameters.

Do you have a favourite school subject? Might there be an Apprenticeship just for you?

How can I get an Apprenticeship?

You can click here (the National Apprenticeship website) to view and apply for jobs within 10 miles from Norwich.

  1. You can access Norfolk’s HelpYouChoose website here to view and apply for local apprenticeships.

Have a look at NotGoingToUni’s Apprenticeship section here, where we have searched apprenticeships within 20 miles of Norwich.

You can contact ApprenticeshipsNorfolk via this link and they can offer specific advice.  Let them know what type of Apprenticeship you are looking for, or any other enquiry you have regarding Apprenticeships.

You can contact Apprenticeships New Anglia via this link and they can offer specific advice.  Let them know what type of Apprenticeship you are looking for, or any other enquiry you have regarding Apprenticeships.

Search specific organizations/companies’ websites for their ‘Careers’ or ‘Jobs’ sections as they may advertise apprenticeships there.

Send a speculative email or letter (Word version | PDF version) together with your CV (Word version) to organizations/companies that interest you. 

You will need to show that you either have, or are about to gain, some qualifications, but more importantly, you will need to demonstrate dedication, commitment, hard work, attention to detail, and an ability to sell yourself in writing and at an interview. 

Be prepared to apply for several apprenticeships, as competition can be high.  Please ask someone to proofread your speculative letter or email text and CV.

Follow the National Apprenticeship Scheme’s Fire It Up! Campaign on YouTube for some top tips! 

Some top tips from the Fire It Up! Campaign


Some advice from the RateMyApprenticeship website.


Some more interview tips from the Success at School website.


Apprenticeship Interview Tips from the All about School Leavers website.


Student Room’s Advice about Apprenticeship Interviews.


Some Tips from the CareerMap website.


Advice from the UCAS website, offering Apprenticeship Interview Tips.


Tips for dealing with Apprenticeships from the TargetCareers website.

Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships (April 2018)   As a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career.  There are many options available to young people after they leave school, and in this guide, the parent’s guide outlines information and benefits about apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career.


The Amazing Apprenticeships website has a full range of resources to help support parents and they can access current and past editions of the specialist Parents’ Pack, filled with the latest advice and guidance, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.  Coming soon is the Parents’ Activity Pack which focuses on activities, interviews with employers, and ideas on how to engage in discussions about apprenticeships at home.

For the May 2020 edition of the Parent Pack, click here.

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

The icloud website offers valuable information about the world of apprenticeships, including video clips made by apprentices themselves.