There are currently over 400,000 apprenticeships in the UK. Apprenticeships can be a fantastic way in to a wide range of professions – believe it or not, you can even train as a space engineer or crime scene investigator! Apprenticeships are increasingly popular and demand for places is high. And with the average graduate in 2015 racking up an estimated £44,000 of debt, it’s small wonder that more and more school-leavers are choosing on-the-job training instead.


The GOV.UK website has comprehensive information about the full range of apprenticeships on offer

Also see the TUC guidance Your Rights as an Apprentice (PDF). 

If you have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship because you do not have enough skills or experience, and are aged 16 to 24, you might be eligible for a traineeship. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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