Get an apprenticeship

With an apprenticeship you can earn money, gain qualifications, and start your career fast
Car mechanic apprentice stood under a car holding a spanner and smiling for the camera

Apprentices earn a wage while they learn skills and gain qualifications. Learning is provided by a learning provider, usually a college. The employer provides a full-time paid job in a workplace.

Take action: Search for apprenticeships in Oxfordshire and register with the Find an Apprentice Service. You can also find local apprenticeships via your local FE Colleges apprenticeships team. 

Apprenticeships are available at every level, from those which require few qualifications, to Advanced Apprenticeships which are like university courses.

Instant Expert: Read the government guide on how to Become an apprentice in the UK.

In Oxfordshire there are regular events to raise awareness of apprenticeships and an Apprenticeship Ambassador scheme to inspire young people to become apprentices. 

Who can get an apprenticeship?

Apprentices must be aged 16+. You can apply earlier as long as you will be 16 by the time the apprenticeship starts.

Crucial: If you're not ready for an apprenticeship or need work experience, a traineeship may suit you better.

What about pay?

Apprentices receive at least a guaranteed minimum wage. But many apprenticeships pay much more. Wages rise after your first year and on completion of your apprenticeships.

Instant expert: Tell your parents all about apprenticeships with these resources for parents and guardians about apprenticeships and traineeships.

Can I change my job into an apprenticeship?

If you are aged under 18 and in work, it is best to also do training which leads to an accredited qualification. This is because learning is free for under 18s.

If your employer does not offer apprenticeships yet, they can get support to set them up. Your employer can contact Oxfordshire Apprenticeships, local Further Education Colleges or The National Apprenticeships Service.

Difficulties or disabilities

Support is available for employers and learning providers to help them make the best offer to young people.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability:

  • The minimum requirements may be adjusted
  • Your employer and/or provider may be able to get additional support

Many young people with difficulties and disabilities are ready for an apprenticeship, but for those not quite ready, Traineeships are a great option. Other opportunities such as supported internships may also be available.

Crucial: Your learning provider will always support you to achieve level 1 or 2 in Maths and English if you are capable of achieving this level.

Care Leavers

If you are a young person who was previously in care (looked after) then your employer or provider may be able to get additional support. Make sure your Learning Provider knows if you are a Care Leaver.

When to apply

Apprenticeships start at any time of year, not just September. Apprenticeships are jobs, and many are only advertised for a few weeks. You need to check for vacancies often and apply quickly.

If you're planning on moving into an apprenticeship you can start early, and apply using predicted grades.

  1. Autumn Term - Research opportunities, sign up for alerts
  2. Spring Term - Some larger apprenticeship programmes are recruiting now
  3. Summer Term - Make applications for summer and September starts

Crucial: You cannot start your apprenticeship until you are 16!

The Apprenticeship Finder

Apprenticeships are advertised on the National Apprenticeship Finder. Register to apply for apprenticeships, get alerts for new jobs, and save your CV and application information.

There are also other ways to find apprenticeships. It is worth trying them all:

More support to apply

Sometimes it can take time to get your perfect apprenticeship. If you are making applications and not getting interviews, struggling to find opportunities, or need help to make applications, support is available from:

My Experience: "My aim has always been to work with animals. So when the opportunity to become a trainee dog groomer came along, I grabbed it with both hands. Judy has provided the practical skills training, and Haddon Training has delivered the theory training and assessment for the Advanced National Apprenticeship at Level 3, and doing the apprenticeship has helped me achieve my City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Dog Grooming really quickly.” - Lindsey

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

After your first apprenticeship, or if you have other qualifications already, you can continue with higher and degree apprenticeships. 

Instant expert: Find out all about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in this guide from Which? University and the National Apprenticeship Service. 

In this short video Apprenticeship Ambassador Ellie shares her top tips on finding and applying for Apprenticeships.

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Posted by Kübra Erturk
Posted ago
I am studying at İstanbul University my department of radio and television technology and I applied at Erasmus Internship in my university so I have to find a place to practice internship and therefore I want to help from you. Could you help to me please?

Hi Kübra, we are a service based in the United Kingdom for young people aged 13-19 living in the Oxfordshire area. We are unable to provide information about internships for higher education students. You need to talk to advisers at your own university.

Posted by Sky Mccarthy
Posted ago
I study in sixth form at North Oxfordshire Academy. I would like an apprenticeship to do with youth work. Would you know any places I could apply?

Hi Sky, thank you for your comment, it's great that you're interested in doing an apprenticeship! There are a few things that you can do:

Posted by Bradley Owen Jordan
Posted ago
I am interested in any hands on jobs
Posted by Thomas Lawson
Posted ago
I'm looking for an apprenticeship involving business studies, more precisely estate agency
Posted by thomas
Posted ago
Hi i am looking for apprenticeship in plumbing for a 24 year old.

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