Delivered on behalf of the Greater Cambridge Partnership


Apprenticeships are a great way to jumpstart your career. Whether you’re leaving school and looking for a job that pays you to gain qualifications or you’re a professional ready to take on a new challenge, many businesses offer apprenticeships as part of in-work training and development. An apprenticeship will combine practical training in a job with study, giving you the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff and gain job-specific skills that employers want. They can also help you set yourself up for the future – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher-level apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime. (Source: University education – Is this the best route into employment? AAT and CEBR Feb 2013)
NameLevelEquivalent educational level
Intermediate25 GCSE passes at grade A*– C or 9 – 4
Advanced32 A level passes/Level 3 Diploma/International Baccalaureate
Higher4, 5, 6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

If you’re starting an apprenticeship after GCSEs, most people start on level 2, but you can also start at level 3.

Higher and degree apprenticeships are widening access to the professions. Degree apprenticeships give you the opportunity to attain a degree while training in a top flight career. Tuition fees are paid for by your employer and the government and you will be learning and earning a salary from day one.

If you’re unsure whether this employment pathway might be suitable for you, why not take our “Are apprenticeships for me?” quiz. There are apprenticeships available for a wide range of careers and industries, so it may be a good option if you already have an idea of what you want to do.

Not sure what career might be suitable for your skills, interests and personality? Form the Future offer personalised advice sessions with Level 6-qualified careers guidance professionals. Visit their Careers Advice page to find out more.

Apprenticeships are advertised year round. Unlike UCAS there isn’t a standard deadline, so it’s important to keep an eye on vacancies. Visit our Current Vacancies page to search for local opportunities.

You can also register on the government website Find an Apprenticeship to get regular alerts. Our apprenticeship advisors can help you find the right role and apply – visit our Contact page to arrange a free information session.

Visit our Business Profiles page to see some of the key apprenticeship employers in our region. We are also highlighting live opportunities on our Current Vacancies page, but it’s worth looking at the national picture as well to see how many different types of apprenticeships are out there.

Vacancy Snapshot showcases some of the best-known employers in the UK and their apprenticeship programmes. It also offers a unique look behind the scenes at the employers and provides hints and tips for the different recruitment processes. Visit Vacancy Snapshot here.

Apprenticeships are real jobs so there’s competition for places. You need to make sure you present yourself well in your application and at any further interview or assessment stages. Our apprenticeship advisors can help you get ready: book your free information session.

There are other great websites that give insight into different careers, including apprenticeships. Have a look at these:

Business profiles



The Greater Cambridge Partnership wants to increase the number of apprenticeships to help businesses attract and develop highly skilled staff and create career opportunities for residents. Greater Cambridge Apprenticeships is delivered by Form the Future CIC and Cambridge Regional College. You can find us at 47 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD.
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