Apprenticeships combine work-based experience with training and generally last between one and four years.

They normally lead to a qualification, such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ); this is normally at Level 2 for Intermediate Apprenticeships, Level 3 for Advanced Apprenticeships, Level 4 and 5 for Higher Apprenticeships or Levels 6 and 7 for Degree Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships start at 16 years old, there is no upper age limit.

The government fully funds apprenticeship training costs for 16 to 18-year-olds and provides up to 50% training costs for 19 to 24-year-olds. It also contributes to training costs for people aged 25 years and over who meet certain criteria.

Find out more information on our Access Southampton website which aims to support your decision making at the key times in your education.

Young People looking for an apprenticeship
You can find an apprenticeship in Southampton using the GOV.UK service.

Young People looking for a traineeship
Traineeships prepare young people, aged 16 to 24, for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. They provide the essential work preparation training, Maths and English and work experience needed to get an apprenticeship or other job.

You can find a traineeship in Southampton using the GOV.UK service.

Information for Employers looking for an apprentice