National Apprenticeship Week 2016: tools for apprentices

It’s National Apprenticeship Week 2016; a week that celebrates the enduringly positive impact that apprentices have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

It’s an exciting time to look at joining the traineeship of your choice, but what are your options?  With an increase of 115% in the number of higher apprenticeship starts in 2014 to 2015 compared with the previous year, applying for an apprenticeship has never been easier.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that lead to a nationally recognised qualification. They can take between one to four years to complete, depending on the level of apprenticeship. Apprentices would normally be expected to work for at least 30 hours per week, for which employers can receive funding from the National Apprentice Service, however, funding will depend on the sector and the age of the apprentice.

Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary. Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal. And with up to 28,000 vacancies online at any time, there’s no better time to be an apprentice.

Take a look at the video below to see some of your choices.

You can also search for current apprenticeships here. (


If you’re interested in an apprenticeship but you don’t yet have the skills and experience to get onto one, a traineeship could be for you. A traineeship is a placement that will give you the chance to get some work experience and improve your skills, and can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.

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Below are some handy tools if you’re looking to apply to, or simply learn more about, apprenticeships and traineeships.


A toolkit for employers, apprentices and MPs

Learn a bit more about apprenticeships with these quizzes

A round up of apprentice blogs to get a feel for the lifestyle of working in different sectors

See how one of our first ever apprentices is getting on 4 years on

A parent’s guide to apprenticeships

Things you need to do before you start your apprenticeship

Some of our apprenticeship case studies


With around 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship, what’s stopping you? Find out more about Opus Energy’s apprenticeship opportunities, here.