Apprenticeships in SouthamptonApprenticeships

After leaving school, you may decide you would prefer to apply for an apprenticeship. There are a range of options available to help you earn while you learn and acquire all the training and skills you need to pursue your career.

Who are apprenticeships for?

You can start an Apprenticeship from the age of 16 and there is no upper age limit. If you’re looking for your first job, already in a job and want to gain professional qualifications, thinking about re-training into a different career, or returning to work, an apprenticeship can help you to develop important skills while gaining valuable work experience.

What can I study?

There are apprenticeships available in a variety of sectors, with more being developed all the time. There are over 340 different apprenticeships available across a range of levels. Training is on the job and can involve day release to College, University or a training provider. Assessment also happens on the job. Progression opportunities can be within the same company or moving on to another – local, national or even international. You can even get a full degree by doing an apprenticeship.

What types of apprenticeship are there?

  • Intermediate (Level 2) – this is equivalent to 5 GCSEs
  • Advanced (Level 3) – this is equivalent to 2 A Levels
  • Higher (Level 4 or 5) – this is equivalent to a BTEC, HND or Foundation Degree
  • Degree (Level 6 or 7) – this is equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s

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If you want to find an apprenticeship in Southampton, scroll to the bottom of the page or click here to see the full list of current vacancies.

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain a full bachelor’s degree (Level 6) or master’s degree (Level 7) but without tuition fees.

Designed in partnership with employers, part-time study takes place at a university or college, with the rest of your time being with your employer.

Degree Apprenticeships take between three to six years to complete depending on what level apprenticeship you are doing.

Degree apprenticeships are still quite a new scheme, so there are a limited number of vacancies. However, it is expected that the number of vacancies will increase over the next few years.

What are the benefits of degree apprenticeships?

  • Degree Apprentices are employed and paid a wage throughout the course.
  • Degree Apprentices gain a full degree — bachelor’s or master’s — without needing to pay student fees.
  • Degree Apprentices will have relevant work experience in their chosen career.
  • Training costs are co-funded by the government and the employer.

How are Degree Apprenticeships different to sandwich degrees and work placements?

Degree apprenticeships are similar to sandwich degrees (spending a year in industry) and work placements but there are some important differences:

  • Degree Apprentices are employed throughout their apprenticeship and do paid work from the moment they start.
  • Degree Apprentices are more likely to stay with their employer after completing their apprenticeship (Retention rates for apprentices can exceed 80%).
  • Employers are involved in developing new degrees so will have more influence over their apprentice’s degree and training programme.

How do I start a Degree Apprenticeship?

Many Degree Apprenticeships are advertised on the National Apprenticeship website: Find a Degree Apprenticeship

You can also find details of Degree Apprenticeships on the UCAS Career Finder website

Current Apprenticeship Vacancies in Southampton

Vacancies from the National Apprenticeships Service website



Solent Apprenticeship Hub

The Solent Apprenticeship Hub is an ESF funded partnership supported by Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Portsmouth University, Solent University.

The Solent Apprenticeship Hub is the essential resource for employers wishing to find out how apprenticeships can benefit their organisation and where to find advice and guidance. The Solent Apprenticeship Hub and its advisers are independent and impartial experts in apprenticeships and are available to talk to you about your specific business needs and how apprenticeships might be part of the solution. We will learn about your business and try to recommend ways to save money and improve your bottom line.

For more information, please visit the Solent Apprenticeship Hub website or contact us via email at



National Apprenticeship Week 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 takes place 4th to 8th March 2019.

This annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Find events in your area to find out more about apprenticeships:

You can download a range of resources from the website to show other how you support apprenticeships

Highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, individuals, local communities and the wider economy, the ‘Blaze a Trail’ themed week, running from 4 to 8 March 2019, will see a range of activities and events being hosted across the country, aimed at challenging the outdated views many people still have about apprenticeships.

The week will also highlight the huge number of high quality apprenticeship opportunities available at all levels around the country, in a huge variety of sectors, including aviation engineering, nursing, finance and policing.

Whether you are an employer, apprentice, parent, school or apprenticeship training provider, there are a number of ways to show your support for the week:

Get involved on social media using #NAW2019

Find out more about NAW 2019.


awards buttonApprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2016

Southampton Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2016 took place at the O2 Guildhall Southampton on Monday 17th October 2016. Following the success of the first ceremony in 2015, former and current Apprentices from Southampton and the surrounding areas who have completed their Apprenticeship were invited to a celebration event to celebrate their achievements. The ceremony will showcase the achievements of Southampton’s apprentices and will also feature guest speakers.

A summary of the event and a gallery of all the photos taken on the night can be viewed here: Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2016

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Film

If you are exploring your career options, you might want to consider an apprenticeship.

You can apply for an Intermediate Apprenticeship once you have left school at 16. It is worth looking at which GCSE grades you would need for an apprenticeship and which subjects might be most useful. This can help you to narrow down your options in year 9.

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is the equivalent to 5 GCSE passes, so you will gain an extremely valuable qualification, whilst learning through practical experience and earning an apprenticeship wage. You can also do an Advanced Apprenticeship, which is the equivalent to 2 A-level passes, or a Higher Apprenticeship, as an alternative to university degree.

If you have decided on the career you want to pursue, an apprenticeship can be a great way to help you get your dream job. You will be able to earn while you learn by studying a National Vocational Qualification at the same time as having a paid job that will give you lots of valuable experience. You will have opportunities to progress and gain higher qualifications in hundreds of different career areas, while working alongside experienced staff.

Seeing apprentices in their workplace talking about the benefits of an apprenticeship can help you to decide on your future career and options for study.

For more information, watch our YouTube channel.


The National Apprenticeships Service have recently launched their Fire It Up campaign to promote Apprenticeships and help people to find out how they can start their career.  There is a range of advice and information for both apprentices and employers.

The Fire It Up campaign has also produced videos to tell stories of different apprentices from around the country. Check out their YouTube channel:

Employers looking for Apprentices

Employing apprentices can help fill your skills gap, deliver real returns to your bottom line, increase the proportion of trained workers in industry and boost productivity.

To find out more about the benefits apprenticeships can bring to your organisation, about the apprenticeship levy and how to take on an Apprentice, please visit:

The Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is a compulsory ‘tax’ which was introduced in 2017 and aims to fund the development and delivery of three million new apprenticeships by 2020.

All employers in the UK with a wage bill of more than £3 million must pay 0.5% of their payroll into a central levy ‘pot’, which can then be used to fund apprenticeships. Employers have an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against their levy payment.

The levy is paid monthly on a rolling basis to HMRC and will be collected through the PAYE system alongside income tax and National Insurance. Employers can access their levy contribution in an online digital account, which can be used to pay for training your existing staff or new staff apprenticeship training and assessment.

For further guidance, please visit: Apprenticeship funding: how it works

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