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With more than 500 options, you’re spoilt for choice in your search for an apprenticeship

There are more than 500 apprenticeships profiled here. They’re organised by sector to make it easier for you to find which ones may appeal to you, as well as school subject, skill and interest, salary band and level to simplify selection further. Where two apprenticeships appear similar, it’s probably because they’re offered at different levels, with one representing an entry level position and the other designed to train you for management responsibilities.

But how do you identify an apprenticeship that may interest you and warrant further research? How do you match who you are now with what you want to do with the rest of your life? These are important and complicated questions, but they needn’t be difficult to answer.

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Keeper and aquarist

Responsible for the everyday care and husbandry of animals within a collection Keepers and aquarists are responsible for the everyday care and husbandry of animals within a collection at zoos,

Animal trainer

Plan, manage, deliver and review the training of animals An animal trainer uses positive, reward-based training methods and practices. This includes training the animal to undertake specific tasks, or more

Horticulture / landscape supervisor

Manage a site, supervise a team, and maintain the health and safety and security of personnel and resources A horticulture and landscape supervisor oversees work in public parks and gardens,


Plant, cut down and maintain trees The arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations, from city parks and urban woodlands, to country

Sports turf operative

Maintain and renovate sports surfaces A sports turf operative, which may also refer to as a groundsperson or grounds maintenance operative, ensures that public and private sports facilities are available

Environmental practitioner

Provide a high level of professional environmental expertise Once confined to conservation, waste management and pollution prevention, the environmental practitioner role has become more mainstream, entering into many areas of


Lay carpets, vinyl, linoleum and rubber, or laminate or wood flooring A floorlayer is a trained craftsperson who lays carpets, vinyl, linoleum and rubber, or laminate and wood flooring. The


Working at height on roofs for buildings of all shapes and sizes A roofer installs a range of roofing materials and products, at height. During the apprenticeship, you’ll learn to

Building services engineering craftsperson

Design, install and service systems used to heat large buildings A building services engineering craftsperson undertakes the installation, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning of large-scale engineering systems that are used

Building services design engineer

Maintain and enhance the quality of the environment and community A building services design engineer will manage a team of engineers and technicians and, while collaborating with other construction professionals,


Work on the design of new buildings and the redesign of existing buildings An architect leads on the processes of planning, designing and reviewing the construction of buildings, and are

Architectural assistant

Work with architects to design buildings and deliver architectural projects An architectural assistant helps to design buildings and deliver architectural projects across scheme phases, from the initial client briefing process

Broadcast and media systems technical operator

Support the delivery of broadcast and communication services A broadcast and media systems technical operator supports the delivery of broadcast and communication services, which could be television or radio programmes,

Buying and merchandising assistant

Support new product selection and development  Buying and merchandising assistant roles are typically found in the retail sector, across a range of different types of companies and employers, such as

Marketing assistant

Support activities that drive the demand for a product or service A marketing assistant supports activities that drive the demand for a product or service through awareness raising and perception

Outside broadcasting engineer

Work on location to provide picture and sound coverage of a range of events An outside broadcasting engineer works on live relays of sporting, music or other cultural events, as

Advertising and media executive

Oversee the day-to-day progress of the whole advertising process An advertising and media executive oversees the day-to-day progress of the whole advertising process, from receiving the brief from the marketing

PR and communications assistant

Build, protect and maintain a positive reputation for brands, organisations and individuals Public relations (PR) and communications concerns the building, protecting and maintaining of positive reputations for brands, organisations and

Junior estate agent

Arrange viewings and accompany colleagues on site visits to properties This is a customer-facing role with responsibility for providing the administrative support needed to secure successful property sales. As a

Systems thinking practitioner

Support decision makers in strategic and leadership roles This role is designed to solve complex problems that cannot be addressed by any one organisation or person, but which require cross-boundary

Event assistant

Help planners and project managers to organise and host events Events cover a broad range of activities as well as sizes, from small numbers of attendees through to thousands. They

Regulatory compliance officer

Perform regulatory services functions and support compliance activities Well designed and enforced regulation plays a vital role in improving the way markets work for the benefit of business, employees and

Licensed conveyancer

Manage client portfolios and provide conveyancing legal services A licensed conveyancer is a specialist property lawyer who deals with all legal matters arising from the transfer of ownership of land

Improvement technician

Support the resolution of problems and improvement of performance Improvement technicians are responsible for the delivery and coaching of improvement activity within an area of responsibility, often associated with the


Help customers buy products or services from retail organisations A retailer assists customers when they purchase products and services, which requires a good understanding of the stock being sold, the

Retail supervisor

Manage teams and projects to meet a private, public or voluntary organisation’s goals A retail supervisor is a first-line management role, with operational or project responsibilities, or responsibility for managing

Retail leader

Achieve excellence in customer service and profitability A retail leader demonstrates strategic vision and drive to achieve excellence in customer service and profitability. As a retail leader, you’ll act as

Funeral team member

Create a good first impression, put clients at ease, take information, answer questions or find answers A funeral team member is the first point of contact for the business, so

Commis chef

Prepare food and carry out basic cooking tasks in every section of a kitchen A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and the most junior

Customer service specialist

Deal with customer queries, purchases and complaints The main purpose of a customer service specialist is to be a ‘professional’ for direct customer support. In this role, you’ll become a

Unified communications technician

Set up and maintain communications systems A unified communications technician establishes and maintains communications systems, such as telephone and internet, under supervision. In this role, you’ll use a range of

Cyber intrusion analyst

Detect breaches in network security, understand alerts and inform the incident response team about system breaches The primary role of a cyber intrusion analyst is to detect breaches in network

Cyber security technologist

Manage and deal with cyber threats, hazards and risks As an apprentice in the highly technical role of a cyber security technologist, you’ll apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards,

IT solutions technician

Develop, implement and maintain complete IT solutions An IT solutions technician develops, implements and maintains complete IT solutions, including hardware infrastructure, such as servers and networks, and software, such as

Cyber security technical professional

Research, analyse, model, assess and manage cyber security risks A cyber security technical professional operates across a range of sectors, including critical national infrastructure such as energy, transport, water and

Network engineer

Design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations A network engineer designs, installs, maintains and supports communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. In

Electronic product service and installation engineer

Install and service a range of domestic and/or commercial equipment You’ll learn to install and service a range of domestic and commercial equipment. Furthermore, the ‘smart home’ is providing wireless

Aerospace software development engineer

Develop software to support the aerospace industry Aerospace software engineering is highly technical, requiring an apprentice to develop, modify and upgrade the systems that control aircraft. A demonstrable coding ability

Non-destructive testing engineering technician

Use specialist methods to detect cracks and other imperfections in manufactured components Non-destructive testing is an engineering science-based profession that will require you, as a technician, to inspect materials, welds,


Develop innovative solutions to complex technical engineering problems This engineering degree apprenticeship is designed to arm you with the skills and specialist knowledge that you’ll need to excel as an

Non-destructive testing operator

Inspect components, materials, welds and other items Non-destructive testing is an engineering science-based profession that requires competent operators to inspect materials, welds, components or other items to verify their integrity

Tool process design engineer

Design unique tooling process pathways This role is found in the advanced manufacturing sheet metal/presswork supply chain of automotive and aerospace. You’ll be responsible for designing a unique economically viable

Electrical power networks engineer

Maintain and repair assets on the electricity network The electrical power networks engineer apprenticeship covers six engineer roles, specifically asset management, control, electrical project, and planning and operational delivery. In

Waste resource operative

Collect, transport, process, dispose of and recycle waste and recyclables A waste resource operative covers a number of roles and responsibilities in the collection, transport, processing, disposal and recycling of

Nuclear scientist / engineer

Ensure nuclear systems and equipment operate safely and efficiently As a nuclear scientist/engineer apprentice, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to ensure that nuclear systems and equipment operate safely,

Dual fuel smart meter installer

Install, exchange and maintain smart meters, and explain to customers how they work and how to use energy more efficiently Dual fuel smart meter installation forms a key part of

Gas engineering operative

Install and maintain gas appliances in a domestic or non-domestic setting As an apprentice gas engineering operative, you’ll learn to safely install, commission, decommission and service and repair gas appliances,

Water process technician

Carry out reactive and routine maintenance on water process equipment A water process technician performs reactive and routine maintenance on equipment to ensure safe and efficient operations, supporting other disciplines

Credit controller or debt collection specialist

Manage credit and collect monies owed for businesses and other organisations Given the importance of credit management, your role will be central to many operations, typically setting policies, facilitating sales, managing

Actuarial technician

Help colleagues to build mathematical models to make financial predictions for clients The actuarial profession is a diverse sector that focuses on the management of uncertainty and risk. Actuarial teams

Investment operations specialist

Carry out investment transactions on behalf of individuals or organisations An investment operations specialist works within the operational and administrative areas of businesses in the financial services sector that engage

Probate technician

Assist a probate lawyer with administering the estate of a deceased person A probate technician supports the principal practitioner in administering an estate—made up of a person’s wealth, property and

Senior compliance or risk specialist

Give high-level advice to financial services organisations on the legal rules they must follow All financial services organisations have to meet a wide range of compliance and risk requirements set

Senior insurance professional

Help businesses assess and manage the risks they face Insurance is an exciting industry which provides protection from the risks associated with, for example, sports cars and hurricanes, to the

Nail services technician

Offer a range of services for clients’ nails A nail services technician offers a range of services for clients’ nails. In this role, you’ll work independently or as part of

Beauty and make-up consultant

Demonstrate, promote and recommend the use, benefits and application of a range of retail beauty products A beauty and make-up consultant works in a department store or other retail environment.

Advanced beauty therapist

Provide, design and implement bespoke treatment plans to clients An advanced beauty therapist can be employed within the beauty industry, travel, leisure and health sectors, in a variety of salons,

Beauty therapist

Complete treatments as a key part of a beauty business Beauty therapy is one of the largest, trusted, professional and continually expanding industries within hair and beauty. The work environment

Hair professional

Provide hair cutting, styling and grooming services for men and women The hair professional apprenticeship covers the distinctly different roles of hairdresser and barber. As an apprentice hairdresser, you’ll train

Advanced and creative hair professional

Deliver hair fashion-forward trends, using creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation Advanced and creative hair professionals provide a quality service, while working to the highest standards and continuously developing personal

Children, young people and families manager

Help children, young people and families aspire to do their best and achieve sustainable change As an apprentice management professional for children, young people and families, you’ll work toward being

Specialist community and public health nurse

Support and enable people to make informed choices about how to manage health challenges A specialist community and public health nurse works in the NHS, local authorities, community interest companies,

Rehabilitation worker—visual impairment

Deliver and evaluate professional person-centred rehabilitation training to visually impaired people Working within the statutory, voluntary and private social care sector as a visual impairment rehabilitation worker, you’ll assess individual

Children, young people and families practitioner

Work to achieve positive and sustainable change in the lives of the people in their care You’ll work with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and

Senior healthcare support worker

Provide high-quality and compassionate specialist health and social care for a range of people A senior healthcare support worker helps registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people of all ages.

Advanced clinical practitioner

Manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, providing care and treatment An advanced clinical practitioner manages defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment

Chef de partie

Run a specific section of a professional kitchen, such as sauces, pastries or fish A chef de partie is responsible for running a specific section of the kitchen. As this

Production chef

Work with centrally developed standardised recipes and menus, producing food often in high volumes Production chefs work as part of a team in time-bound and often challenging kitchen environments at

Travel consultant

Make travel arrangements and book accommodation and other services As a travel consultant, you’ll deliver a range of often complex travel arrangements, accommodation bookings and ancillary services that help to

Hospitality team member

Carry out a range of general and specialist roles within hospitality businesses A hospitality team member can work in a range of establishments, including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting

Senior culinary chef

Act as the culinary inspiration and leader of developing new recipes, dishes and menus A senior culinary chef develops new recipes, dishes and menus. As an apprentice, you’ll learn to

Senior production chef

Manage a team producing standardised dishes and menus within a kitchen environment A senior production chef strives to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection, according to predetermined specifications. As an


Service and repair a range of watches, including quartz and mechanical, both manual winding and automatic A watchmaker uses their skill and labour to service and repair a range of

Furniture manufacturer

Make all kinds of beds, furniture and their related furnishings in a workshop or factory The ability to work to agreed targets in terms of output and quality standards is

Process automation engineer

Maintain integrated control and safety systems The production of many pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and other products are carried out using plant and equipment that are often of a large scale, extensive,

Food and drink advanced process operator

Supervise work on food and drink production lines within food manufacturing plants and businesses A food and drink advanced process operator helps to make millions of food and drink products,

Furniture product developer

Combine design, business and engineering skills to develop new and improved furniture products This role will see you developing new and improved furniture products such as domestic and office furniture.

Fitted furniture design technician

Create initial ideas, design concepts and plans for fitted furniture interiors and create technical drawings As a fitted furniture design technician, you will work with customers to create their perfect

Marina and boatyard operative

Deliver a variety of operations and services, including vessel handling Marinas and boatyards support the yachting and boating sectors, which are key areas of the leisure marine industry. Marinas include

Marine surveyor

Independently verify the structure, machinery, equipment and systems of ships and vessels A marine surveyor independently verifies the structure, machinery, equipment and systems of ships and vessels, to ensure compliance


Ensure the safe operation and passage of a vessel As a boatmaster, you could be the captain of a single vessel tourist boat or you could be working for a

Marine engineer

Design and oversee testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment A marine engineer works on boats such as yachts, commercial craft and superyachts. In this role, you’ll install,

Workboat crewmember

Serve on the crew of a wide variety of specialist vessels As a workboat crewmember, usually working alongside two to three personnel, you’ll work on a variety of specialist vessels,

Marine technical superintendent

Responsible for the safe and economic operation of one or more vessels A marine technical superintendent is responsible for the safe and economic operation of one or more vessels. In

Business fire safety adviser

Work with businesses to help them keep their premises safe from fire A business fire safety adviser works with businesses to help them keep their premises safe from fire by

School business professional

Administer and manage financial, site and support services within schools A school business professional administers and manages the financial, site and support services within any school phase (primary, secondary or

Counter fraud investigator

Lead small non-complex criminal investigations, such as allegations of fraud As a counter fraud investigator, you are responsible for investigating allegations of fraud and to make effective decisions from referral

Police constable

Uphold law and order through the detection, prevention and investigation of crime Being a police constable is a physically and intellectually demanding occupation, requiring high levels of emotional intelligence, strong

Probation officer

Reduce criminal re-offending, safeguard victims and rehabilitate prison service users As an apprentice, you’ll work in the National Probation Service or for community rehabilitation companies or voluntary sector organisations in

Public sector compliance officer

Identify potential acts of criminality and support civil or criminal proceedings A compliance officer operating within the public sector identifies potential acts of criminality and supports civil or criminal proceedings

Clinical trials specialist

Deliver and execute phase one-to-four clinical trials in humans The clinical trial specialist works in public or private clinical research organisations, generally in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. In this

Healthcare science practitioner

Support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions A healthcare science practitioner provides scientific and technical services within a life, physiological or physical science. In this role, you’ll develop

Senior metrology technician

Manage resources and measurement activities and implement processes and techniques that are sustainable Metrology is the science of measurement. As a senior metrology technician apprentice, you’ll train in the development

Bioinformatics scientist

Apply computational, data analytical and data mining techniques to a range of problems in the life sciences A bioinformatics scientist—or bioinformatician—uses computational, data analytical and data mining techniques that are applied

Healthcare science assistant

Conduct routine technical and scientific procedures The healthcare science assistant support workforce contributes to safe care throughout a patient’s life, from conception to end of life, in a number of

Science manufacturing technician

Operate the systems and equipment involved in the production of goods A science manufacturing technician works in a range of companies, including chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products

Community sport and health officer

Engage people in sport and physical activity across local communities The key role of a community sport and health officer is to engage local residents in sport and physical activity.

Community activator coach

Plan, lead and coach fun, inclusive and engaging activities for people of all ages The community activator coach will primarily work with inactive groups of people, most commonly at sport

Leisure duty manager

Manage the day-to-day operation of a leisure facility The leisure duty manager is in charge of the day-to-day ‘front line’ operation of a leisure facility, such as a swimming pool,

Leisure team member

Support, enhance and deliver the day-to-day operations and services of a leisure or fitness facility Working as part of a team, you’ll undertake a range of operational duties such as

Outdoor activity instructor

Supervise and guide children and adults in outdoor activities and pastimes An outdoor activity instructor supervises and guides children and adults in activities and pastimes such as canoeing, sailing, climbing,

Personal trainer

Coach clients towards their health and fitness goals Through the design and provision of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management, in the role of

Rail and rail systems senior engineer

Apply rail and rail systems technical engineering skills using management and leadership activities As a rail and rail systems senior engineer you’ll take on an operational leadership role, responsible for

Highways maintenance skilled operative

Work on rural and urban roads to repair damaged surfaces Highways maintenance skilled operatives work on rural and urban roads (not including motorways) to repair damaged surfaces, using hand and

Rail engineering advanced technician

Provide and manage the delivery of technical engineering solutions across the rail network A rail engineering advanced technician provides technical solutions across the infrastructure and trains of the railway, including

High speed rail and infrastructure technician

Provide technical solutions across the construction, maintenance and operation of a high speed railway High speed rail is a specialist area of work. High speed rail specialists include civil engineers,

Motorcycle technician

Service and repair motorcycles, motorised scooters, all-terrain vehicles, tricycles and vehicles where the rider sits astride the frame A motorcycle technician services and repairs motorcycles, motorised scooters, all-terrain vehicles, tricycles

Autocare technician

Carry out a range of services and repairs to cars, vans and light goods vehicles An autocare technician will work for a national chain or independent garage. As an apprentice,