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Apprenticeships for
school leavers

First For Apprenticeships

Looking to the future? We’ve got you covered with our apprenticeships for school leavers.

There are so many options for school leavers these days. Do you opt for university, college, straight into work, travel for a while? It can be exciting, but stressful to plan for the future, and know what’s the right step for you.

While all of the above are great options, an additional choice that might not come to mind straight away is an apprenticeship. People tend to associate this with learning a trade – which of course you can – but today there’s so many other sectors you can get into. If you want into the digital industries, engineering, journalism, sciences, business or hospitality; there’s an apprenticeship out there for you.

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Apprenticeships for School Leavers

Browse our course catalogue to see the apprenticeships we offer. Whether you’re looking to get into business or management or want more of a trade, we’ve got something for you.

Getting Started

So you’re intrigued and want to know more about apprenticeships? What the whole process is? Have a read through this section for all the information you need on just how apprenticeships work and the perks of choosing this route.

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a combination of education and work that ensures participants will end up with all the skills, knowledge and experience needed to have a successful career. As an apprentice, you will receive on the job training and learn job-specific skills whilst working alongside experienced staff members, some of whom will mentor you in specific areas. You’ll have full employment rights and benefits, including a salary and holiday pay. On top of this, you will have allocated – and paid – time for study related to your role. This must make up 20% of your workweek, and can take place in your place of work, or in a college. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have a recognised qualification as well as invaluable experience.


Doing an apprenticeship has a lot of benefits over other avenues. To start with, you don’t have to worry about student loans; with an apprenticeship, there’s no cost to you, and you can even get an apprentice discount card. With student loan debts soaring to a £50,000 average, earning money instead of losing it can be quite appealing.

Apprentices also have better job prospects than their university counterparts. In 2018, 90% of apprentices had gone into full-time work or further training following their apprentice, compared to 73% of university graduates. On top of that, 64% of apprentices are kept on at the same company, so you might not even have to bother with job hunting!

What’s needed

Apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete, depending on the level. Each apprenticeship will have individual entry requirements, and they vary – you will typically need English and Maths at GCSE grade 4-9, and possibly up to 3 additional GCSE’s. Each employer or training provider can set additional criteria for the role, such as specific IT skills, and this too varies.

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