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How to apply for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go...

With over 22,000 quality Apprenticeship vacancies available online at any time there has never been a better time to start an Apprenticeship. If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply.

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A Traineeship is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.

Here are some tips on to how to apply for a Traineeship work experience placement using the online system including recommended browsers to use when applying


Start your journey today

Applying for an Apprenticeship has never been easier, just visit Apprenticeship vacancies and you will be one step closer to starting your journey to become an apprentice.

If you want some help applying for any of the opportunities available then this handy guide will give you hints and tips about how to work your way through registering, searching and applying for your dream Apprenticeship job.

How to write a winning application 


You can also watch our video 'How to apply for an Apprenticeship' and visit to hear from real life apprentices.


Want to search for Apprenticeship vacancies whilst on the go?   

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Download the Av Search app to find vacancies on iPhone and Android.


Need further help?

If you would like to speak to a careers adviser face to face or on the phone contact:



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Last Updated: 24/07/2014

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