An apprenticeship is a training programme which features a combination of paid work and the opportunity to study for a qualification. Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and over and can be done across a wide range of roles and sectors.

Apprenticeships are important to our economy, as a great option for both young people and adults to develop skills whilst being paid, and for employers to develop the skills that their business needs; it is an extremely effective way to develop and retain a solid and committed workforce.

Apprentices can ‘earn while they learn’, building vital skills that employers need, and progress their career through different qualification levels. Employers can either recruit a new apprentice into their organisation or formally train an existing worker with higher skills via an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships at all levels are possible

Apprenticeships are available from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs), through to Level 7 (degree level). There is a growing demand from businesses for advanced and higher apprenticeships, to support more advanced skills needs.

Employers: find out more

Go to the central government website or contact the Leicester Employment Hub, which supports employers in Leicester and Leicestershire with free, impartial help on apprenticeships, and may have incentives to help employers. See the wide variety of occupations covered by apprenticeships here: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/occupational-maps/

Young people and adults: looking for an apprenticeship?