An apprenticeship is a paid job that also gives you time to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

A traineeship is a training programme which incorporates work experience, designed to prepare young people for their future careers. They are most suitable for young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience to cope with an apprenticeship.

All you need to know can be found at:

Where to find Apprenticeship and Traineeship vacancies:

National Apprenticeship Service Find out about the pros and cons of apprenticeships and top tips on how to be a successful applicant, as well as search vacancies and creating a personal profile which will notify you of vacancies that match your criteria.

Find an Apprenticeship Register and create an account with which will send you notifications of apprenticeship vacancies that match your requirements.

Get my First Job Create an online profile that employers can view and receive notification of suitable vacancies that match your skills and criteria.

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You can search for vacancies across County Durham using Help4Teens

You can find out further information on degree level apprenticeships here

Degree Apprenticeships


Useful Links:

Here are some useful tools to help students research their career aspirations

National Careers Service