Apprenticeships and Traineeships Post-16

Getting started with apprenticeships 

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Interested in an apprenticeship? Click on the links below to learn more. 

If you would like to speak to an impartial adviser, there is The Apprenticeship Hotline to help with any questions or concerns.

Telephone: 0800 015 0400


How to find an apprenticeship

  • You can find an apprenticeship by yourself using the National Apprenticeship Website
  • You can ask employers directly
  • You can look at local FE College vacancies.

If you would like support finding an apprenticeship, then you can apply to a training provider who will act like a recruitment agency, working together with you to find an apprenticeship.

Applying for a training provider is very similar to how you would apply to college, using UCASPROGRESS. Otherwise, you can  directly contact training providers to register with them. 

Useful website for apprenticeships

Traineeships Post-16

Getting started with a Traineeship

Traineeships provide you an opportunity to gain work experience, job skills and, if needed, to improve your English and maths. The programme is personalised and tailored to your needs and lasts up to a maximum of six months. Successful completion of the traineeship will help you to boost your careers prospects with an apprenticeship or other future employment.

At the end of your traineeship you may get an interview with the company you are working for (if a role is available) or an exit interview will be conducted. In both cases, you will be provided valuable feedback to support you in securing an apprenticeship or other employment. 

Traineeships are usually unpaid and expenses such as travel and meals are too not covered by the employer -  there is no requirement for an employer to compensate you during your traineeship. 

Training costs, however, will be met by government funding. 

How to find a Traineeship?

There are two options available:

  • Traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on Find a Traineeship on

  •  You can apply to you local college or training provider through UCAS Progress