Studying apprenticeships and traineeships


Studying for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship


If you’re thinking about studying an apprenticeship or traineeship after you finish secondary school, you’re not alone. Apprenticeships and Traineeships are an incredibly popular route for post-16 study – and throughout your career too!

As a quick overview, an apprenticeship is a combined work and study programme, available in a range of subjects and sectors that can lead to you achieving a Level 3 qualification (like A-Levels or BTECs for example) right through to a Level 7 qualification (like a degree).

80% of your weekly hours will be with the employer learning on the job, and 20% will be “off the job” studying towards the vocational/technical qualification which your employer has selected to support your career progression. This 20% might be one day a week, or a block of intensive hours, or split over the week as hours during your working day.

A traineeship is usually the step before an apprenticeship and is a bit like work experience. You spend most of the time in the workplace for around 12 weeks on average whilst studying things like employability or functional skills, or retaking your GCSEs. They are a great way to ‘try out’ a job before committing to a full apprenticeship.

You can find out more by accessing our complete guide to apprenticeships and traineeships:


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Meet local traineeship and apprenticeship providers


If you’d like to know more about what it’s like to study for an apprenticeship or how to start a traineeship, our Provider Webinar Video below can help.

As part of a week-long careers event called FE Choices Week, we brought together 11 local colleges and training providers to talk about things like how to apply for an apprenticeship, what employers are looking for, the different levels of apprenticeship and the sectors/subjects you can choose from, as well as discussing traineeships, work experience and supported internships too.



If you’d like to find out more about any of the providers who took part in the video above – or ask them any questions or find out what courses they’re currently offering, please click on the links below.


Juniper Training

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Damar Training

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GP Strategies

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The Apprenticeships Store

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The Manchester College

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Stockport College

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Trafford College

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Reaseheath College

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Pure Innovations

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National Careers Service

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Seetec Outsource

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Or if you’re ready to start searching for Apprenticeships and Traineeships, search live opportunities available with local employers here:


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You can search for the very latest jobs in the Stockport area here. We have a wide range of part time, temporary, volunteer and permanent positions in  Administration, Cleaning, Customer Service, Driving, Financial, IT & Tech, Social Care/Healthcare and Warehouse jobs in Stockport.

Please visit our training section, our comprehensive careers advice section and you can also register your CV here.