What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are paid jobs where you can earn whilst you learn.

They  include:

  • paid employment with holiday leave

  • hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest

  • at least 20% off-the-job training

  • formal assessment which leads to a recognised qualification

Apprentices spend at least six hours of their work hours in college, university or training.

Who Can Apply?

An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for anyone aged 16 and over in England who is:

  • looking to get into a job but doesn’t have any experience
  • looking to develop new skills in their current job
  • looking to change jobs and get  a new career

Where Can I Find an Apprenticeship?

All available apprenticeships can be found here.

The National Apprenticeship Service also provides guidance and information on apprenticeships open to applications, click here to find out more.

Myth Busters

Myth 1. Apprenticeships are for people who don’t do well at school

Not true. Work-based learning is a great way to earn while you learn and start a career.

Myth 2. Apprenticeships are only available in manual industries

Not True. There are over 1,500 job roles across 170 industries. Use the links at the bottom of this page to find out more.

Myth 3. Apprenticeships are low quality

The Institute for Apprenticeships makes sure everyone receives the highest standard of training.

Employers have also worked together to design the qualification standards to make sure learners develop the skills that employers need.

Myth 4. Apprenticeships don’t lead to good qualifications

False. You will achieve a recognised qualification upon completion. Learners can progress from traineeships and intermediate to Higher and Degree level qualifications.

Myth 5. Apprentices will never earn very much

False. You must earn the national wage for your age (though many employers choose to pay more)

Myth 6. Apprentices are only given donkey work

False. Apprentices are employed in full time jobs with training. Your duties will be in your job description.

Myth 7. Businesses are not taking apprentices on

False. In 2020/21 there were 28,800 people enrolled onto these work-based qualifications in the East of England.

Myth 8. Apprenticeships are only for school leavers

Not True. They are a great option for anyone looking to change career, improve their skills or  get a new job

Myth 9. Employers don’t value apprenticeships

UK employers say that former apprentices are 15% more employable than other applicants. Apprenticeships provide a stepping stone to a brighter future.

Myth 10. It won’t lead to a full-time job

More than 90% of apprentices stay in a job after their course ends, with 67% remaining with the same employer.

(National Apprenticeship Service)

Watch Laura Roberts talk about apprenticeships in the NHS.

Watch some previous apprentices share their stories.

Watch Iona talk about what it’s like to be a  Trainee Nursing Associate.

Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care

Allied Health Professionals

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Occupational therapy support worker
  • Podiatry assistant
  • Physiotherapy assistant
  • Radiography assistant
  • Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Degree Level Apprenticeships

  • Arts therapist
  • Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Dietician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Operating Department Practitioner
  • Paramedic
  • Physiotherapist
  • Prosthetist/Orthotist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Therapeutic Radiographer

Estates and Facilities

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Domestic Assistant
  • Estates Services
  • Support Services

Healthcare Support Worker

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Dietetic Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Maternity Support Worker
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant Worker
  • Orthotic Technician
  • Podiatry Assistant
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Prosthetic Technician
  • Radiography Assistant
  • Senior Healthcare Assistant
  • Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Physician Associate

  • Physician Associate

VCFSE Sector

  • Administration
  • Clinical Support
  • Corporate Services

Ambulance Service Team

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Ambulance Care Assistant
  • Call Handler/Emergency Medical Dispatcher
  • Emergency Care Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Health Informatics

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Clinical Informatics
  • Health records and patient information
  • Information and Communication technology
  • Knowledge and Library Services
  • Project and Programme Management


Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Midwifery Support Worker
  • Newborn Hearing Screener

Degree Level Apprenticeship

  • Midwifery

Public Health

  • Environmental Health Professional
  • Health Trainer
  • Public Health knowledge and intelligence professional
  • Public Health practitioner

Wider Healthcare Team

  • Administration
  • Clinical Support
  • Corporate Services

Dental Team

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Dental Nurse
  • Dental Technician/Dental Technologist

Healthcare Science

Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Anatomical pathology
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Genomics
  • Clinical Photography
  • Decontamination and sterile services
  • Medical Engineering
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Engineering


Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships

  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician

Social Care

  • Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care
  • Nursing Associate
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Registered Nurse

How can I find out more?

The Yojo app supports  young people in Suffolk with career information and advice.

The  app  has a huge range of features which allows you to:

  • Search for live  vacancies
  • Discover career paths based on their favourite subjects and interests
  • Develop their skills to find work

Download on your mobile today via the App Store and the Play Store

Not found what you’re looking for? Click here to contact us for Advice, Guidance and Support