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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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Metal recycling general operative

Identify different metals, and sort and separate them into grades As a metal recycling general operative, you’ll train in a range of different tasks and responsibilities both outside on the

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,


Sell, arrange and cut flowers Florists could work in one of several sectors, including events and retail. You’ll often be commissioned for important events such as weddings and funerals, so

Equine groom

Work in partnership with horses and care for their needs As an equine groom, you’ll enter a vocational industry, where you can expect to handle a variety of horses in


Carry out significant field-based investigations and interpret data generated by fieldwork Ecology covers all of the relationships between plants, animals, people, and their environment, and the balances between these relationships.


Make and repair horse saddles The saddlery trade supports the pursuit of excellence in its traditional craft skills while also embracing innovation and technology. The bespoke saddler is a fundamental

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

Civil engineer

Provide technical and management input to develop design solutions for complex civil engineering problems As a civil engineer apprentice, you’ll work as part of a team of engineers and other

Installation and maintenance electrician

Install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments An installation and maintenance electrician installs, maintains and repairs electrical equipment and systems, from switchboards to renewable energy

Chartered surveyor

Providing advice and recommendations to clients on land, property or construction As a chartered surveyor you will provide professional advice relating to land, property, construction or infrastructure including design, building,

Information manager

Support the delivery and management of critical information in the delivery phase of an infrastructure project Working on critical engineering and construction projects, you’ll oversee information management, which involves taking

Fenestration fabricator

Manufacture finished fenestration products such as conservatory roofing Fenestration refers to the design, construction, or presence of openings in a building and can include windows, doors, vents, wall panels, skylights,

Fashion studio assistant

Work with the team that creates a collection The fashion studio assistant is a key position in the designer industry, working with the team that creates a collection. This apprenticeship


Use craft, art or skill to design, shape and join metal components by hot forging and other metal working processes As a blacksmith, you will use your craft to design,

Cultural learning and participation officer

Plan, organise and coordinate artistic and cultural education programmes A cultural learning and participation officer plans, organises and coordinates artistic and cultural education workshops, schedules of activity and community engagement

Props technician

Source, organise, maintain and make props for film, television and theatre productions A props technician supports the supply, building, use and maintenance of dressing and hand props for film, television

Arts therapist

Use art, drama or music to carry out therapy interventions Arts therapists work in a range of settings such as the NHS, local authorities, voluntary, or private sector, hospitals, clinics,

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

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

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

Recruitment resourcer

Identify, attract and shortlist candidates for the recruitment process  As a recruitment resourcer, you’ll identify, attract and shortlist candidates, as well as provide support, for any organisation that requires a

Payroll administrator

Set up and operate payroll within an organisation In medium and large organisations, as a payroll administrator, you may work as part of a team, often reporting to a team

Property maintenance operative

Ensure that buildings are in a safe working condition The primary role of a property maintenance operative is to optimise property condition and quality, and to ensure the building is

Bid and proposal coordinator

Bring together compelling, customer-focused proposals and tender submissions to win business A bid and proposal professional is integral to how businesses win work. As a key part of the sales


Make bread products in an industrial, in-store or craft bakery Every day, bakers make and sell millions of loaves of bread and baked goods, such as cakes, pies, pastries and

Customer service practitioner

The first point of contact for a business and its customers As a customer service practitioner, your core responsibility will be to provide a high-quality service to customers, which will

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

Assistant buyer/merchandiser

Source, select, maintain and deliver the right products to meet demand and business objectives An assistant buyer or merchandiser understands the brand and customer in order to source, select, maintain

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

Retail team leader

Guide and coordinate staff, their work and sales within a retail environment A retail team leader provides critical support to managers, delivering exceptional customer service and a positive experience to

Digital marketer

Use online and social media platforms to design, build and implement campaigns and drive customer sales A digital marketer uses multiple means and methods to define, design, build and implement

Digital and technology solutions professional

Create digital and technology solutions that enable businesses to develop new products and services and increase productivity A digital and technology solutions professional provides technology-enabled solutions to internal and/or external

Geospatial survey technician

Gather geographic data for a wide range of uses A geospatial survey technician collects data relating to geographic positions on the earth’s surface for use in the creation of maps,

Digital and technology solution specialist

Investigate, identify and implement technological strategic solutions A digital and technology solution specialist maintains digital and technology strategies through technology leadership, which involves investigating, identifying and implementing technological strategic solutions.

Data analyst

Collect, organise and study data to provide business insight A data analyst manages, cleanses, abstracts and aggregates data, and conducts a range of analytical studies on that data. Your projects

Digital community manager

Facilitate and instigate direct communication online between the end user and the organisation This occupation is found in areas such as the videogame industry and software providers. Digital community managers

Engineering operative

Carry out a range of engineering operations such as ensuring machines and equipment are maintained and serviceable An engineering operative carries out a range of engineering operations that could include

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,

Telecoms field operative

Work on the copper and fibre connections to 4G and 5G services, homes and businesses from local telephone exchanges This role is integral to building, providing or repairing telecom services

Through-life engineering services specialist

Ensuring safe, available, reliable and affordable long-term asset operation A through-life engineering services specialist keeps engineered assets working better, for longer. In this role, you’ll engage in asset design optimisation

Senior non-destructive testing engineer

Test materials used in machinery and structures to find faults On the senior non-destructive testing engineer apprenticeship, you’ll train to be one of the most senior non-destructive testing members of

Ordnance munitions and explosives specialist

Provide specialist expertise, advice and direction towards delivering complex scientific and technical solutions A fully competent ordnance, munitions and explosives specialist can work in a wide range of organisations, including

Gas network operative

Build, maintain and repair gas network infrastructure The broad purpose of the gas network operative is to construct, maintain and repair gas network infrastructure, to provide a reliable supply/service to

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

Electrical power protection and plant commissioning engineer

Carry out a range of engineering work on power protection systems, plant and equipment The protection systems of electrical power plants and their equipment require testing and commissioning to confirm

Community energy specialist

Reduce energy usage and purchasing by managing and generating low carbon heat and power   ‘Community energy’ refers to people who come together to reduce energy use and purchase, manage

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,

Junior energy manager

Meet sustainability commitments by reducing energy consumption and costs The junior energy manager apprenticeship is designed to help address the need for basic in-house energy management skills at organisations across

Investment operations technician

Support teams that carry out investment transactions on behalf of individuals or organisations An investment operations technician works within the operational and administrative areas of businesses in the financial services

Workplace pensions administrator/consultant

Provide information on in-house pension schemes or externally to pension clients of the organisation Workplace pensions administrators and consultants provide information on in-house pension schemes or externally to pension clients

Compliance or risk officer

Give basic advice to financial services organisations on the rules they must follow All financial services organisations need a dedicated compliance or risk officer who is an expert in the

Accounting and taxation professional

Provide financial information and advice to different organisations Accountancy and taxation professionals are recognised around the world as respected leaders in accountancy, taxation, finance and business. From providing strategic business

Professional economist

Produce rigorous, relevant and impactful economic analysis to drive decision making at all levels As a professional economist, your work will typically involve identifying a question of interest that affects

Credit controller or debt collection specialist

Manage credit and collect monies owed for businesses and other organisations This advanced credit controller/debt collection specialist apprenticeship focuses on consumer and commercial credit management and collection of monies owed, offering

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

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

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

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.

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

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,

Adult care worker

Provide frontline care for vulnerable adults An adult care worker makes a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. As

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.


Assess, diagnose and monitor the impact of jointly agreed treatment plans Dietitians are predominantly employed by the NHS and work in hospitals and in the community. You could also be

Prosthetic and orthotic technician

Design and manufacture custom-made devices for patients with certain injuries and issues Prosthetic and orthotic technicians design and manufacture custom-made devices for patients with certain injuries and issues. In prosthetics,

Lead adult care worker

Look after vulnerable adults within their own homes, day care centres, residential and nursing homes and other healthcare settings A lead adult care worker helps adults with care and support

Occupational therapist

Enable people to participate in meaningful occupations and activities of everyday life An occupational therapist works with individuals with physical and mental health conditions, injury, learning disabilities, long-term conditions, palliative

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

Maritime caterer

Work as a member of the hospitality/hotel services department on board ships and vessels A maritime caterer works as a member of the hospitality/hotel services department on board ships and

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

Commercial catering equipment technician

Install, maintain and repair commercial catering equipment A commercial catering equipment technician installs, commissions, maintains and repairs commercial catering equipment, such as combination ovens, fryers, grills and griddles, cooking ranges,

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

Hospitality supervisor

Supervise staff and activities within hospitality businesses A hospitality supervisor provides vital support to management teams and is capable of independently supervising hospitality services and running shifts. In this role,

Food and drink maintenance engineer

Maintain machinery and equipment in the food and drinks industry The food and drink industry is an exciting place to be a maintenance engineer. World-class companies in the industry use

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.

Textile technical specialist

Ensure that the technical capabilities of the textile plant, product and machinery are appropriately and innovatively fined-tuned The textile technical specialist role is a technical one within textile and fashion

Food technologist

Ensure food and drink products are of the right quality and safe to eat and drink A food technologist is passionate about their industry and ensures all products are safe

Bespoke tailor/cutter

Produce tailored clothing that is cut and made to a unique pattern for an individual A bespoke tailor or cutter produces tailored garments that are cut and made to a

Food and drink advanced engineer

Deliver efficient, effective and high performance food and drink production processes and systems Combining engineering competence with an understanding of the principles of food safety, science and technology, your focus

Harbour master

Enforce regulations and industry codes of practice in a port, harbour or marina A port can refer to ports, harbours, jetties and marinas, and they are used for a variety


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

Port marine operations officer

Assist in ensuring the safe transit and handling of vessels into and out of the port The port marine operations team assists in ensuring the safe transit and handling of

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


Construct boats such as yachts, workboats and superyachts A boatbuilder constructs yachts, workboats and superyachts and refits and repairs existing boats. As a boatbuilder, you’ll train to work with and

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,

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

Forensic practitioner

Gather evidence for the police, through forensic sampling, toxicology, documentation of injuries and provision of a statement A forensic practitioner gathers evidence for the police, through forensic sampling, toxicology, documentation

HM Forces serviceperson

Carry out a range of roles, from general warfare to humanitarian tasks, in the Army, Royal Navy, RAF or Royal Marines The primary role of a HM Forces serviceperson is

Housing and property management assistant

Responsible for the administrative support in the creation and sustainment of successful tenancies and leaseholds The housing and property management assistant apprenticeship will see you undertake an entry-level role. It

Senior housing / property management professional

Manage housing or property services The senior housing/property management apprenticeship covers both the social and private housing sectors. As an apprentice, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge necessary to have

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

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

Laboratory scientist (degree)

Conduct technical and scientific activity in laboratories A laboratory scientist applies specialist knowledge and broad scientific understanding to carry out a range of technical and scientific activities in their specialist

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

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

Science manufacturing process operative

Undertake basic operations and the monitoring of plant and equipment The science manufacturing process operative is employed across scientific industries, including nuclear, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. As an apprentice, you’ll train

Healthcare science associate

Carry out routine technical and scientific procedures A healthcare science associate supports the work of practitioners and clinical scientists in performing high-quality, safe diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring technical and scientific

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

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

Leisure team member

Support, enhance and deliver the day-to-day operations and services of a leisure or fitness facility A leisure team member supports, enhances and delivers the day-to-day operations and services of a

Leisure duty manager

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

Community activator coach

Lead and coach fun, inclusive and engaging activities The community activator coach, in the role of activator, sports coach, activity leader, community worker or outreach officer, will primarily work with

Sporting excellence professional

Capable of performing consistently and effectively in training environments and competitions This apprenticeship is applicable across football, cricket and rugby league and union. During your apprenticeship, you’ll develop into a

Rail infrastructure operator

Manage the signals and electrical controls needed to keep trains running safely and on time A rail infrastructure operator supports and regulates the safe operation of the rail network through

Passenger transport onboard and station team member

Ensure the safe travel of passengers, their customers, themselves and their colleagues Passenger transport service professionals make a difference by ensuring they are able to travel safely, on time and

Train driver

Responsible for driving trains in a safe, punctual, economic manner over various routes A train driver could work in a number of rail environments, moving passengers, goods, empty coaching stock

Passenger transport driver

Operate buses, coaches or trams, making sure passengers get where they’re going safely and on time Passenger transport service professionals make a difference by ensuring passengers are able to travel

Bicycle mechanic

Build, repair and service all kinds of bicycles Cycling is on the increase as a means of transport and as a leisure activity, with an increasing range of bicycles on

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,