Apprenticeships and traineeships

The main options for 16-18 year olds who want a job with training are:


A paid job with an employer, usually with day release to college or a training provider to get the qualifications needed for the job. There are many types of apprenticeship available throughout Norfolk from engineering to care and hospitality. Apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds are available at intermediate and advanced levels and take between one and four years to complete - depending on the sector and the job. Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are available to young people at 18+.



Traineeships are for young people who are not yet ready to go straight into an apprenticeship but still want to work with an employer to develop their skills and gain experience. Traineeships provide up to six months training with an employer to develop the skills and experience needed to move on to an apprenticeship.


Work preparation programmes and short courses

Some 16-18 year olds are not ready to go into a full-time college course or into work and need extra time and support to develop their skills and confidence in order to make that next step. Work preparation programmes and short courses can help to bridge that gap – they vary in length from a few weeks to up to a year, are usually tailored to the needs of the individual young person and many have start dates throughout the year.

When to apply

Getting a job takes time and effort and young people need to apply themselves if they want to get a job with training.

  • Year 11s can contact companies or training providers at any time during Year 11 to ask if they will be recruiting apprentices in the summer.
  • Some larger local and national employers will open their apprenticeship recruitment schemes for school leavers from October, so it's important to start looking early.
  • However, most Norfolk companies will start their apprenticeship recruitment from January onwards.