After school you can go and do an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is where you combine practical training with on the job training. You are of employed status working alongside experience staff so that you can gain job related and specific skills.
Apprenticeships can take between 1 and 4 years to complete, depending on the level and the requirement of the employer.

Levels of Apprenticeships

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Who can apply?
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

How much can you earn?

The current minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.70 per hour.  The same applies if you are age 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship.  After this you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage which is £5.90 per hour.  However, many employers pay more than this.

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.  For example some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week.

Useful Links

Please click on the links below to find out more:-

How to find an apprenticeship
What is an apprenticeship?

Useful Documents

A guide to apprenticeships: 

A Guide To Higher And Degree Apprenticeships 

A Parents’ Guide To Apprenticeships 

Parent’s Pack, Apprenticeship Information, Edition 9, June 2019

The A-Z Of Higher And Degree Apprenticeships 

Army apprenticeships

Useful Websites


Local Apprenticeship providers

The Source at Meadowhall

CTS Training
Construction Skills
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Babington Business College
NHS Jobs