Apprenticeship & Employment

The option to pursue an apprenticeship is increasingly a real opportunity for Year 11 students to consider.  Apprenticeships are paid work that includes at least a day a week of formal learning at college – earn while you learn.  Early indications show that 18 of our Summer 2018 Y11 leavers have secured an apprenticeship with career paths ranging from engineering to construction, business and sport to hair and beauty.

Apprenticeship opportunities range and the learning within them is equivalent to educational levels as follows:


Level 2

Five GCSE Passes – Grades 9-4


Level 3

Two A Level Qualifications


Level 4, 5 and 6

Foundation Degree and Above


Level 6 and 7

Bachelors and Masters Degree

Our local ASK (Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge) team in Sheffield have made this useful video for Wickersley students and parents outlining key information around searching for and securing an apprenticeship opportunity after both Y11 and Y13.

The Apprenticeship Guide

This is the best guide to apprenticeships and vocational learning giving online access to loads of useful information about apprenticeships, general careers advice, direct links to employers and training providers that offer apprenticeships.

  • Summary of every apprenticeship framework offered in England.
  • Search by what you apprenticeship are interested in.
  • Hall of Fame – industry leaders talk about why they rate apprenticeships so highly.
  • Stories from successful apprentices give a better idea of what it’s really like to take an apprenticeship and why it’s worth doing.
  • Higher Apprenticeships – a great alternative to university. Find out what the options are and where a Higher Apprenticeship could lead.
  • Apprenticeship vacancies – live feeds from the National Apprenticeship Service.
All this and more at

Many local colleges offer the learning part of the apprenticeships available at Intermediate and Advanced Level.  Sheffield Hallam University has just been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Apprenticeships at Higher and Degree Level and our local AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) has recently seen its first fully funded Degree Apprentices graduate from the University of Sheffield.

On our pages, there is a range of apprenticeship information and all students in Year 10, 11 and 13 have access to sessions on apprenticeship opportunities offered by various partners.

Want some extra cash and responsibility?

Here are some ideas for finding a ‘Saturday job’ and why doing so will help your employment chances in the future: Saturday Job Ideas

National Apprenticeships
Week Events & Information

UCAS Discover Apprenticeships

A week of live sessions covering everything your students need to know about apprenticeships, sponsored by the National Apprenticeship Service!

This National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 8 February – Friday 12 February) we’re hosting a week of dedicated live sessions, information, and advice about everything to do with apprenticeships! Each day students will discover something new about what’s on offer and what’s involved in studying while working.

Click here to find out more.

National Apprenticeship Week Events

Click here for the full schedule.

Apprenticeships in Technology

Click here to register your interest.

HSBC UK Work Experience Programme

To find out more, click here.

Vodafone Work Experience Programme

Click here to find out more.

Founders4Schools Apprenticeships in the Spotlight

Click here to find out more.

Unilever Apprentice Bootcamp

Click here to find out more.

NHS Apprenticeships Event

Click here to find out more.

UK Games Industry Interships, Graduate Schemes and Traineeships

A free livestreamed event for anyone considering a future career in the UK’s games industry.

If you are looking to join the games industry but aren’t sure about what your first steps might be after education, this is the event for you.

Click here to register your interest.

Introduction to Tech Apprenticeships

Learn about technology degree apprenticeships in this workshop hosted by Ada, the National College for Digital Skills.

Click here to find out more.

Apprenticeships in Construction, Housing & Civil Engineering

Learn about what Apprenticeship opportunities there are in the Construction, Housing and Civil Engineering sectors.

Click here to find out more.

QDOS Careers App

To download, simply search ‘Qdos Careers App’ in the App Store or Play Store and install.

Current Opportunities

Sport Diploma and Football Development Programme – Sheffield Wednesday

Careers Advice

Do you need advice on what career path to take next? Or need help applying for Sixth Form, University or an Apprenticeship?

Come and visit us in the careers office, ground floor F Block near the rear entrance to the block adjacent to the main hall.


Interested in an apprenticeship route after Year 11/13?

Sign up for the virtual ‘National Apprenticeships Fair’ taking place throughout the day on 2nd December. Use the register button to take part at any point in the day and after the event. The event will go live on 2 December and is open from 9.30am-4.30pm.
Getting the most out of the Virtual – National Apprenticeship Show
  • We have over 40 exhibitors taking part and registered visitors can login any time between 9.30am-4.30pm on 2 December to chat via video/voice or text with any exhibitor they wish, these are ‘live’ conversations with staff from each exhibitor.
  • Visitors can also download content relevant to the exhibitors they are interested in, view videos and apply for positions.
  • Logos of participating organisations will appear on the home page in advance of the event.
  • Visitors should research clients in advance and be prepared with any questions they might have, preparation is everything.
  • Visitors can return to the website for 30 days after the event and will be able to download information, view content during this time.
Follow the link below for more information.

Apprenticeship Search

If you are unsure of where to start when looking for an apprenticeship, here are some resources you can use to search for local opportunities. Apprenticeship Search

Here you can search and apply for all levels of apprenticeships throughout England.

Get My First Job

Are you interested in apprenticeships? This site will provide you with essential information about apprenticeships.

QA Apprenticeships

Looking for your perfect career? Want to learn more about apprenticeships? Find out all there is to know about the latest career trends.

Post-16 Apprenticeships

Students who are looking for an alternative to sixth form may consider looking at apprenticeships, the links below provide useful information on how to get started.

UCAS Apprenticeships

What are apprenticeships, what’s needed to get on one, how do you apply?

Get In Go Far

Apprenticeships can help you get your career going. Find out more about what an apprenticeship involves and get started today!


Skills Made Easy

Apprenticeships help provided by Sheffield City Council, including opportunities in your local area.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

As well as post-16 apprenticeships there are also higher and degree apprenticeships available. These are a useful way of learning hands-on alongside studying for a degree.

Sheffield Hallam University

We offer higher and degree apprenticeships you can study while working 30+ hours a week in a relevant job role.


Our degree apprenticeships give apprentices, employees and school or college leavers a different route to traditional university study.

UCAS Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by some universities. Students can achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship.

SHU Degree Apprenticeship at Home

We offer higher and degree apprenticeships you can study while working 30+ hours a week in a relevant job role.


For students looking to go into work it’s important to know that until the age of 18 you have to be in some kind of formal learning – hence if you would like to be working from age 16 years and above this would either be on a part-time basis whilst studying at college or sixth form or as part of an apprenticeship framework.


With Indeed, you can search millions of jobs online to find the next step in your career.

Total Jobs

As the UK’s largest hiring platform, Totaljobs have over 280,000 live jobs adverts, helping you to find any type of job, in any industry, wherever you are based.


The UK’s #1 job site, featuring vacancies from over 25,000 recruiters a year, including private and public sector employers, leading recruitment agencies and consultants from REED’s network of 350 offices across the UK, and around the world.

Rotherham Council Jobs

As a large South Yorkshire employer, we have a range of exciting opportunities which we add to every day.


Search Fish4Jobs to find your ideal next job from a selection of live vacancies. Upload your CV now and let recruiters find you with Fish4jobs.

Meadowhall Vacancies

Check out the latest part time vacancies available at Meadowhall.

Go Construct

The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment.

Health Careers

There are over 350 different careers in the NHS. Many work with patients but there are many that don’t. Not everyone needs a degree either! What they all have in common is that they make a difference to people’s lives everyday.

Sector Specific Information

This information is based specifically on a sector of interest, if there are any sectors which you would like including please contact careers.

Construction and Property

There are dozens of career paths within Construction & Property, spanning the multiple fields that this Career Zone encompasses.


Engineers use a logic, maths and scientific principles to design and improve technology, buildings and all sorts of other things.


Hear from apprentices who work within the energy and utilities sector.