How to find apprenticeships in England

Choosing the right apprenticeship is important – read our advice on how to find the perfect one for you.

Search for apprenticeships 

  1. You can find details of higher and degree apprenticeship vacancies in England in our search tool. These include vacancies being advertised by a small group of employers well in advance of their September start date (or later), giving you plenty of time to consider all your options.
  2. You can also find apprenticeships in England on the Find an apprenticeship website.

Find an apprenticeship

Different types of apprenticeship vacancy 

  • Some of the vacancies are ‘open to applications’. Details on how to apply are in the vacancy details. Read our advice and tips on applying for apprenticeships.
  • Some vacancies may be ‘open to expressions of interest’. This means you can let the employer know you’re interested in now, and you will be contacted as soon as it's open to applications. Details on how to express your interest are in the vacancy details.
  • Some vacancies will just give you advance notice of when they will open to applications – so make a note of the dates for any you’re interested in. 
  • Remember, degree and higher apprenticeships are only available in limited numbers. It's anticipated the number of vacancies will grow over the next year or two. If you decide a degree or higher apprenticeship is the right choice for you, you may want to research the wider range of apprenticeship vacancies being advertised now, and consider starting one of these. You can also find out about the new apprenticeships which are in development, and consider waiting for these to be approved, and vacancies to become available.


Alice, Level 6 postgraduate teaching apprentice

I went to a teacher training event in Norwich where I could find out about the routes available and ask questions. I learned about Teacher Training Advisers – they are experienced teachers who talk to you on the phone about the different routes available into teacher training. That’s how I found out about the apprenticeship route.

Choosing an apprenticeship

It's important to do thorough research and make sure you find the perfect apprenticeship for you. You’ll be starting a challenging job and trying to prove yourself in the workplace, while getting to grips with studying for a higher or degree level qualification.

You’ll be expected to achieve academically and at work, managing your time and adjusting to longer hours, with fewer holidays than at school, college, or uni.

You might have to travel or relocate to find the right opportunity for you.  

If you think an apprenticeship might be right for you, no matter what career path you want to follow, you need to do your research and find out if there’s a way to get to the career or job role you want through an apprenticeship. 

How to find the right apprenticeship for you

  1. Draw up a list of the sorts of apprenticeship roles you’re looking for: focus on the sort of work and career pathway you want to follow. See the range of apprenticeships available in England and check out our What’s available? section for details of degree apprenticeships.
  2. Research the job role: it’s important to find out as much as you can about the job role, industries, and employers offering apprenticeships, as well as the career path it could lead to. Find out more information about different careers, the list of occupations available, or the job profiles on the National Careers Service. Take note of the entry requirements and make sure an apprenticeship is a valid pathway into your chosen career.
  3. Find two or three vacancies for the kind of apprenticeships you’re interested in: browse vacancies on Find an apprenticeship and then find details of the apprenticeship  you’re considering.

Key things to investigate

  • What is the apprenticeship and job role – does it fit what you’re looking for?
  • Find out about the employer – is it the type of company you want to work for?
  • Find out about the training provider, college, or university where you could be studying. 
  • What qualifications, subjects, and grades are they looking for?
  • What essential/desirable skills and experience do they ask for, and what qualities are they are looking for in applicants?
  • Does the job require you to work in different locations, or would you need to move away from home for work?
  • What is the pay or salary, and do they offer any other benefits or facilities you can use?
  • For you, what are the three most and least positive aspects of this apprenticeship or job opportunity?

You can do further research by checking out the employer’s website for any details and information you want. Remember, you can contact the employer, university, college, or training provider, if you’re considering an apprenticeship, to ask any questions you have.