Aged 16 or over, and not in full-time education? then why not apply for an Apprenticeship?

Aged 16 or over, and not in full-time education? then why not apply for an Apprenticeship?​

They can be a winning formula to starting a successful career:

80% on the job training

20% off the job training

20 days annual leave

£££££ wage

100% job satisfaction

Apprenticeships allow you to LEARN and EARN at the same time, and your job training is linked to a specific job role in the workplace – so you are training for a job that exists.

Employers must pay you the apprenticeship wage, which is currently £5.28 an hour. This rises to £6.40 on 1st April 2024. However, many employers choose to pay more.

National Apprenticeship Service

This is a good place to start to find out the different apprenticeship careers available and the employers offering apprenticeships.

By creating an account you will be alerted to new opportunities in your area as soon as they are advertised.

You will find many roles advertised which will be new to you.  Do you know what a Fenestration Installation Apprentice does?  (They install on-site windows, doors, bi-fold doors, and conservatories, made of PVC-U, aluminium, steel, timber or composite).

The entry requirements for apprenticeships do vary depending on the employer, so always check that you have the required qualifications, skills and qualities.

Take time to read the job description carefully, pick out the skills and qualities asked for, and tailor your application to demonstrate you have these attributes, by giving examples from school or college, work experience, clubs, and activities outside of education.

Be prepared for the employer to follow-up your application with online tests (eg numeracy, literacy, situational judgement), and in the current climate a telephone or video interview.  Practice and preparation will give you confidence and help you to succeed with these different methods of assessment and interview.


How to get started


Go to ‘Find an apprenticeship’

and click on ‘create an account’


Fill in the online form

You will need:

Home address including postcode

Email address

Telephone number (mobile or landline)

To think of a password with upper & lowercase letters, a number & at least 8 characters


Activate your account

This can be done through your email account and clicking on the message from called SFA Apprenticeships – Activation Code


Make a note of your 6-character code

Then you are ready to return to the sign-in page of ‘Find an apprenticeship’


Find an apprenticeship

Use the Keyword search if you know what apprenticeship you are looking for, eg Early Years Practitioner, Business Administrator, Bricklayer.

Ensure you choose the right level of apprenticeship based on your current qualification level: for example, to study for a Higher or Degree apprenticeship you will need to have achieved a Level 3 qualification.


Or use ‘Browse’ if you want to see what apprenticeships are available in different job categories.

Example Apprenticeship

Click on the apprenticeship job title that interests you:

Read through the Apprenticeship Summary and supporting information:

If you are interested in applying for the apprenticeship – check how to apply by looking in the Training section:

OR if applicable read the ‘Employer’s Application Instructions’

Birmingham Careers Service are here to support you with your apprenticeship search.  If you are aged 16-19, or up to 25 with a disability, you can contact us by phone, text, WhatsApp, Email or visit us at one of our outreach centres