Information on apprenticeships

Remember, you don’t need to wait until September to apply, we promote apprenticeship vacancies all year round.

Useful information:

  • Each week, as an apprentice you will work 4 days with your employer and study at College for 1 day.
  • You need to apply for apprenticeship vacancies in your preferred area(s). Take a look at our Jobs Board for current vacancies.
  • You will have an interview.
  • Apprenticeships can take between one and two years to complete.
  • You will earn a real wage for your job. The minimum hourly rate is currently £3.70 but some employers pay more.
  • You gain industry recognised qualifications and job-specific skills.


Entry Requirements

For an Intermediate apprenticeship:

  • 2 GCSEs at grades A*-D (9-3), in English and maths.
  • You must pass an initial assessment in English & maths.

 For an Advanced apprenticeship:

  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) (plus a minimum grade D (3) in English and maths.
  • Completion of a relevant apprenticeship program at Level 2 or a minimum of one year’s relevant industry experience in the same area of work that you wish to study.

 Please note, entry requirements may differ depending on the apprenticeship you wish to apply for.


Information for parents:

As a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. After they leave school, there are many options available to them and one of these is an apprenticeship. 

If you would like more information about apprenticeships and how your son/daughter can apply, please see our Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships at Shipley College or contact the Business Development Team.



If you are wanting free advice and guidance for your son/daughter, AllAboutSchoolLeavers help school leavers find jobs and understand the career paths available to them. You’ll find everything from current apprenticeships and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and advice to help guide you on your career journey.

See more information on the AllAboutSchoolLeavers website.


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