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Apprenticeships and traineeships

Information on apprenticeships combining work-based training and a qualification.

Students are expected to stay in some recognised form of education or training until they are 18. This doesn't have to be in school. Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to do this as you can study, earn money and gain work experience.

Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training so you can earn while you learn and get qualifications. You can work alongside experienced people who are willing to pass on their skills and knowledge. You must be 16 or over to start an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship training can take from one to four years to complete, depending on the level and industry you choose.

There are 3 levels you can study at:

  • apprenticeship (level 2)
  • advanced apprenticeship (level 3)
  • higher apprenticeship (level 4 and above)

Apprentices under the age of 19, or in their first year, will get paid at least £3.50 per hour. Some apprenticeships may pay more.

Types of apprenticeships

There are apprenticeships available in lots of different job areas such as:

  • IT
  • construction
  • engineering
  • health and care
  • retail

If you need help finding an apprenticeship:

Where to find an apprenticeship

To find an apprenticeship:

Some employers who do not already have apprenticeship placements may be willing to set one up for you.

Further advice and guidance

See the  Amazing Apprenticeships (opens in a new window) website.

To find out more about opportunities in your area, see our localised factsheets (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window). These include information about:

  • local employment sectors
  • recent apprenticeship vacancies in various Dorset towns

Watch videos of Dorset County Council apprentices talk about their experiences.

Traineeships

What is a traineeship?

Traineeships are for 16 to 24 year olds who want to work but need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job. Traineeships are unpaid, but you will have the chance to develop skills and get workplace experience that employers ask for.

Read more about traineeships on the GOV.UK website (opens in a new window).

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