About Apprenticeships

Increasingly, our Year 11 students are considering an apprenticeship as an alternative to full-time study at college. An apprenticeship combines practical on the job training with study for an approved qualification. Apprentices receive a salary whilst working for their employer, but are expected to also complete a programme of study (usually by attending college one day per week) that will give them a relevant and industry-standard qualification.

Posters about Apprenticeships relating to subject areas

For those students who may not be ready for a full apprenticeship, there is also the option of a Traineeship which is typically a one-year programme to prepare for joining the workforce.

Guide to Apprenticeships

Guide to Traineeships

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Parent Pack

You can find out more about what apprenticeships are on these useful websites:


The Apprenticeship Guide

Bridgwater and Taunton College Apprenticeship FAQs

Richard Huish College Apprenticeships



Take our Apprenticeship Quiz and test your knowledge!  



Apprenticeships are advertised by employers all year round and start-dates vary from employer to employer. Students who are interested  in finding an apprenticeship will need to be very pro-active in order to find a vacancy either by approaching a company directly or by regularly checking local vacancies advertised online. 

Many local, regional and national employers are seeking apprenticeships, some are listed below:
British Army Careers
Leonardo Helicopters (previously Augusta Westland) www.uk.leonardocompany.com/people-careers
Babcock International Apprenticeship Vacancies
Laing O'Rourkel Apprenticeships 
Wessex Water Early Careers
LLoyds Bank LLoyds Bank Careers

Disability Rights UK is delighted to announce the publication of Into Apprenticeships, a guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for Apprenticeships in England.

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