What Every School Pupil Should Know About Apprenticeships

Here’s a good resource and starting point for pupils exploring their options or careers teachers talking to students about careers choices at 16:  Five things every school pupil should know about Apprenticeships:

1. There are loads of opportunities! – More and more prestigious employers now employ apprentices straight from school

There are many Apprenticeship opportunities available whenever you choose to leave school – after your GCSEs or after your A-levels. This is because more and more employers realise that Apprenticeships are a great way for them to recruit new young talent. And so they create more vacancies for school leavers who are looking for Apprenticeships. The Apprenticeships vacancies they offer are paid positions with a structured programme of training. They’re a fantastic way to start a career in your chosen industry. In Liverpool City Region, there are many prestigious and well-established employers who recruit school leavers through Apprenticeships, for example Jaguar Land Rover, the NHS, Liverpool University, National Grid, Barbara Daley, the Crown Prosecution Service, Liverpool City Council, Dixons and many more.

2. Equal footing! – Apprenticeships are no longer the poor relation of A-levels or university

Once upon a time Apprenticeships were seen as the choice for pupils who weren’t cut out for an academic route. Schools tended to push their less able students towards this option. However, things have changed! Now, as Apprenticeships offer such a promising long term career, and great earning potential with some of the country’s best companies, more and more able students are choosing Apprenticeships over A-levels, and traditional university courses. What some people don’t realise is that Apprenticeships offer very good progression opportunities. Pupils who leave school after GCSEs can start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship, and then progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. If they want to continue, they can progress onto a Higher Apprenticeship which is equal to university level qualifications.

3. Earn and Learn! Apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds

Apprenticeships mean you can keep on learning after school but you’ll be earning a wage too! You’ll receive the minimum apprentice wage for your age but many employers pay much more. You’ll receive holiday pay too. It’s the best of both worlds. The qualifications you achieve are official and specific to the industry you have chosen to build a career in. Training is a mix of on-the-job skills practice and classroom learning. You’ll be supported by a training organisation throughout your programme of training, as well as your employer.

4. It’s not a walk in the park! – Apprenticeships aren’t necessarily the easy option

Some people wrongly think that Apprenticeships are an easy option. Not true! To achieve an Apprenticeship takes hard work. Not only that, because you are employed by a company, you are expected to turn up to work and training sessions on time, behave responsibly, and demonstrate that you are committed to achieving your qualifications. In return, you’ll be benefitting in many ways – earning a wage, getting qualified, picking up the skills required for work, and building your career.

5. Unbelievable choice! You can do an Apprenticeship in almost every industry

There are a wide range of Apprenticeships available, in pretty much every sector of employment. Here are some examples of Apprenticeships available in different industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Care: Equine; Forestry; Veterinary Nursing; and many more

Arts, Media, Publishing: Creative & Digital Media; Live Events & Promotion; Music Business; and many more

Business, Administration & Law: Accounting, Banking, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales; and many more

Construction: Electro-technical; Plumbing & Heating; Surveying; and many more

Engineering & Manufacturing: Engineering Construction; Domestic Heating; Driving Goods Vehicles; Gas Industry; Glass Industry; Marine Industry; Rail Industry; and many more

Health, Public Services & Care: Children & Young People’s Workforce; Emergency Fire Service Operations; Health & Social Care; Housing; Security Services; and many more

Information & Communication Technology; IT Application Specialist; IT, Software, Telecoms Specialists; and more

Leisure, Travel & Tourism: Instructing Exercise & Fitness; Leisure Operations; Playwork; Travel Services; and many more

Retail & Commercial Enterprise: Barbering; Beauty Therapy; Fashion & Textiles; Hairdressing; Property Services; Warehousing; and many more


We can come and do free presentations and workshops about Apprenticeships in your school. Careers teachers or pupils can find out more by emailing [email protected] or calling the Schools Support Team on 0151 707 8775.