Do you want to start your career and earn some money at the same time? An apprenticeship might be what you are looking for.
On an apprenticeship, you will combine practical training in a job with study. When you complete an apprenticeship, you receive a nationally recognised qualification, and you have gained important work experience that can help you to get a job. 
There are six different levels of apprenticeships, and apprenticeships can last from one year to five years depending on what level they are.
Apprenticeships can start at any time of year – you don't have to wait until September. 
NAW is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships that takes place across England.

How do I find an apprenticeship?

The National Apprenticeships website provides further information about apprenticeships and lists current apprenticeship vacancies. Click ‘Find and apply for apprenticeships’ on the homepage, and register as a new user to log in. If you would prefer to speak to someone on the phone, you can call the contact line on 0800 015 0400.

TrAC employ construction trade and technical apprentices and provide them with a mix of placements on a number of different construction sites.

Creative Process Digital can help you learn essential business and digital skills whilst gaining the experience you need to become a valuable employee.

The Apprenticeships in Sussex website makes searching easier by only listing training provision that is available in Sussex. There is a lot of useful apprenticeship information and resources for students, parents, carers, employers and staff (including the ASK Programme) through Amazing Apprenticeships. 

Local apprenticeship vacancies are also advertised on the Brighton and Hove Jobs website and East Sussex County Council runs an apprenticeship scheme, with regular recruitment cycles.

To increase your chances of success it's worth thinking about:

  • getting work experience (often this can lead to an apprenticeship with the same employer)
  • using any contacts you have to identify a job that could support an apprenticeship
  • sending out your CV to potential employers.

When you get an interview it's important to show that you are enthusiastic and committed, that you can work in a team and act on your own initiative. Try to think of some experiences you may have had at school or during extracurricular activities that show your employability skills (e.g. communication, teamwork, organisation, problem-solving).

Here is what the apprentices themselves have to say about their study and roles within East Sussex County Council:

For more videos around apprenticeships and careers, go to our Careers East Sussex Youtube playlist