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Apprenticeships have gone through a complete evolution in the last few years.  In the past, apprenticeships were for more practical and vocational careers however this is no longer true. The Government has poured millions of pounds into the scheme and there are now more than 280 different apprenticeships available in a huge variety of fields that you might normally think you would need to attend University for.

Do not dismiss apprenticeships as a route to explore!


What is an Apprenticeship?

  • An Apprenticeship is a paid job with training. You typically work for 4 days a week and attend college / training provider for just 1 day a week.
  • This allows you to be in full-time work as well as continuing your education and gaining qualifications.
  • Through an Apprenticeship you earn a salary, gain qualifications and get real working experience. On average, 92% of apprentices are offered a full time job after they finish.


These are just some of different types of Apprenticeships…

Aerospace Furniture Manufacturer Nuclear Technician
Agriculture Game and Wildlife Management Nursing
Animal Care Hairdressing Plumbing
Accounting Health and Social Care Policing
Beauty Therapy Horticulture Product Design
Broadcasting Hospitality Property Development
Business Administration Human Resources Public Relations
Civil Engineering Infrastructure Rail Engineer
Coaching Intelligence Operations Recruitment
Conservation Investment Operations Retail
Construction Information Technology Sales
Creative and Digital Media Journalist Security
Cyber Security Laboratory Scientist Social Media
Dental Legal Services Software
Digital Marketing Logistics Operations Sports
Engineering Management Teacher
Equine Marine Engineer Theatre
Event Management Marketing Travel
Financial Services Military Veterinary Nursing
Floristry Motor Vehicle Service Youth Work

Who offers Apprenticeships?

A huge variety of employers offer Apprenticeships, from small local businesses to large national companies. A foot in the door with some of these companies would be the start of an incredible career!

The Pay…

Apprenticeship wages vary company by company – it is their decision how much they pay you. It is dependant on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship. Apprenticeships on average are paid £200 per week and sometimes significantly more. In addition to salary, apprentices are also entitled to the same rights as all other employees; a contract, minimum 20 days leave per year plus bank holidays, sick entitlement and any other benefits employers may offer.

The Benefits

You earn while you learn… you are paid as an apprentice and the Government pays for your training so there are no student loans, no tuition fees and no debt!

You gain a qualification… by the end you’ll have another qualification to add to your CV and be able to present yourself as a knowledgeable and experience professional to potential employers. Your qualification can also help you to move on to university later if that’s what you want.

You gain valuable experience… you get ahead of university graduates by gaining experience in the real working world. Your developed skills in your chosen industry prove to employers you are an asset!

Ringwood School Apprenticeship Fair

Every year we hold an Apprenticeship Fair for our students in Year 9 and above. This is a chance for you to walk around the different stands, talk to exhibitors about what they offer and ask your own questions. This is an invaluable opportunity and you never know, you may come away with a really exciting path to explore..!

We have 30 companies, colleges and training providers attending such as  JP Morgan, Cobham, HSBC Bank, Hampshire Constabulary, Harbour Hotels, Francesco Hair and more!

This year we have accessed the Apprenticeship Fair virtually.



A Students Guide to Apprenticeships and Higher Degree Apprenticeships

A Parents Guide to Apprenticeships and Higher Degree Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships FAQ


Questions to ask employers

What is an Apprenticeship

Why be an apprentice