Routes to apprenticeships

There are several possible routes into apprenticeships, and here is a flowchart and summary of those routes below. More detailed information for each can be found on the relevant pages. There is also a pdf version of the routes to apprenticeships flowchart and summary.

Routes to apprenticeships flowchart

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Supported internships

A structured study programme based with an employer, for young people aged 16 - 24 with special educational needs (SEN), or an education, health and care plan (EHCP). They are unpaid and last at least 6 months, but when possible they support the young person into paid employment and provide educational support opportunities if required, such as English and Maths. More information about supported internships


A skills development programme that incorporates work experience with education and training for young people aged 16 - 24. While unpaid, they provide work preparation training, help to gain English and Maths qualifications if required, and work experience to move into an apprenticeship or employment. They can last between 6 weeks to up to a year, but most last less than 6 months. More information about traineeship opportunities


An apprenticeship is a combination of a real paid job and education, where the apprentice gets quality paid work experience and training with an employer, whilst also working towards a technical certificate and qualification. They pay at least the minimum wage for apprentices, and are for people of any age, from 16+, including young people leaving school entering the job market for the first time, existing employees looking to upskill, and for people looking for a career change. More information about apprenticeship opportunities