Employment and Apprenticeships

Welcome to our Employment & Apprenticeship information page!  Whilst many of our student progress into further and higher education, a growing number of students apply for apprenticeships and school leaver schemes with local and national employers.

Please book an appointment with a member of the Careers Department for one-to-one advice and guidance on available opportunities. The website links on this page also provide lots of information on apprenticeship and school leaver schemes.


Apprenticeships can be an exciting alternative to higher education or employment. Apprenticeships give you valuable occupational and workplace experience and the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications, technical certification and key employability skills.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification

The length of time taken to complete an apprenticeship will depend on the level of the qualification but most apprenticeships are achieved in 1-5 years.

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels as follows:

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Apprentices’ opportunities for career progression are increasing with the expansion of Higher Apprenticeships. Equivalent to degrees, more of these specialised and highly skilled apprenticeships are being offered each year, giving you the chance to continue your professional development and fully realise your potential. See section below on School Leaver Schemes.

Apprenticeships can lead to:

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2, 3, 4 or 5
  • Functional Skills qualifications, e.g., in Mathematics, English or ICT
  • A technical certificate, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award
  • Knowledge-based qualifications, such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a Higher National Diploma (HND) or degrees.

How to apply for an apprenticeship

You can register for an account and search for the majority of apprenticeships on the following site: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Local Council Websites will also post apprenticeship opportunities throughout the academic year, so keep a look out on the website links listed below:

Telford and Wrekin Council: Apprentice opportunities and job vacancies within the local authority.

WMJobs: Apprentice and job opportunities within the West Midlands

School Leaver programmes

These schemes, often called Higher Apprenticeships, are aimed at bright year 13 students with A Levels or equivalent qualifications, who are intelligent enough to go to university but have decided instead to enter the world of work. Generally companies are looking for 96+ UCAS points.

There are many advantages to such programmes. They are:

  • You will have no student debt.
  • You will start to earn a salary immediately.
  • Most programmes involve studying for further professional qualifications or a degree. These are paid for by the employer.
  • It is often easier to secure a role with a leading company as a school leaver than it is as a graduate, when competition is tougher.
  • Increasingly more and more companies are offering school leaver programmes as they find taking students on at this stage very attractive.
  • You will often end up, after 3-4 years at a similar stage as a graduate would entering the organisation.

There are now School Leaver programmes in all business sectors, from technical, commercial to creative. They are generally with FTSE 100 leading employers who offer great training programmes and pay good starting salaries.

University is not the only choice for bright students. Take a look at some of the programmes on offer.

Alternatively, there are also a number of sponsored degree programmes, where companies will sponsor you through your degree providing work placements during that time and generally a job on graduation.

Recruitment Agencies

If you are looking for temporary employment recruitment agencies may be a good place to start. An agency gives your CV access to many different employers within job sectors which you select. Recruitment agencies earn their money from the employer when they find someone for the job, which means that sometimes they might be inclined to encourage you to apply for roles for which you may be well suited but not really interested in. It's wise to be open and honest with a recruitment consultant about your requirements. Local recruitment agencies within the Telford area are listed below:

Employment Website Links

Here you can find links to employment search engines, which you can use to search for employment opportunities by location, job type, or company. Please make an appointment with The Careers Department to help to fine tune your CV, make applications to employers and prepare for interviews.