Become an apprentice

Apprenticeships are real jobs which allow you to earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain skills and that valuable work experience, all while you are studying a qualification.

They can take between one and six years to complete, depending on the level of apprenticeship, your ability and the industry sector. The weekly average wage for an apprentice is usually around £200.

Credit: Amazing Apprenticeships.

Who can apply for an apprenticeship?

Anyone who meets the following requirements can apply;

  • Aged 16 and over.
  • Living in England.
  • Not in full-time education.

Whether you’re a school leaver or have been working for years and want a new career, you can apply.

How to apply?

It's easy to apply for an apprenticeship:

  1. Search for the latest apprenticeship vacancies in Derby.
  2. Sign in or register on the Apprenticeships website.
  3. Submit your application.

Some industries have specific entry requirements; we recommend you check before applying.

If you are struggling with your application, the National Apprenticeship Service have produced a handy guide to help you write a winning apprenticeship application.

What apprenticeship levels are available?

You can start at an apprenticeship at any level, as long as you meet the entry requirements. You can start at level 2 all the way up to level 7.

There are four levels of apprenticeships available:

Name Level Equivalent
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE's at a pass
Advanced 3 2 A Level's at a pass
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

What kind of apprenticeships are there?

You can do a variety of apprenticeships from engineering, fashion, law and whole lot more. You can find a full list of the opportunities apprenticeships provided by clicking A-Z guide for apprenticeships.

Please note that the apprenticeships listed are accurate at the time of publishing.

What are the benefits of apprenticeships?

Going straight to university isn't the only route to progress yourselves after GCSE's or college. Higher and Degree apprenticeships are real alternatives to following the traditional route. 

The benefits include:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Earn a salary
  • Get paid holidays
  • Receive training
  • Gain nationally recognised/professional qualifications
  • Increased future earnings
  • Paid tuition fees

Why not have a look at the Amazing Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships websites for more information.

I don’t have the right skills for an apprenticeship. What can I do?

If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a good way to gain the skills employers will be looking for.

Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

They are delivered by training providers and funded by the government, with employers providing the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme.

If you want to find out more please call us on 01332 642633.

I have a disability. What support is available?

Apprenticeships are available for anyone aged 16 and above. Apprenticeships can be a great, direct route for disabled people to get skilled jobs and careers. To find out more information about the support available, please look at Disability Rights UK's Into Apprenticeships guide.


Contact details

Post address:
Apprenticeship Hub
Economic Growth Service
Derby City Council
Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 641631