What is an Apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.


National Apprenticeship Week

5-9 February 2024


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Volkswagen Group Apprentice Programme

The Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme offers the opportunity to learn and earn through gaining a nationally recognised qualification while working for one of the world’s leading automotive brands such as Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Volkswagen Group Paint and Body or TPS.There are a number of different apprenticeships available with the Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme which include the Service Technician, Service Advisor, Parts Advisor, Paint Technician, Vehicle Body Repair Technician, Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) Technician and Parts Sales Executive roles.For most of the brands above, the minimum entry requirement to join the apprenticeship programme is GCSE (or equivalent) grades 9-4 (A-C) or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.The minimum entry requirement for the Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) Technician role offered with the Volkswagen Group Paint and Body brand is GCSE (or equivalent) grades 9-4 (A-C) or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

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At IBM, work is more than a job – it’s a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you’ve never thought possible. To lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

Why work at IBM?

IBM School Leaver Schemes will enable you to gain the experience, skills and contacts you need to start building a bright future. The choice of scheme is yours. IBM have Level 4 Apprenticeships, Degree Apprenticeships and 12 Month Gap Year Intern roles, but whatever, path you choose, you’ll work on real projects, with real clients and real bottom-line deliverables. Their opportunities will give you everything you need to build a successful career.“You do not need to have any prior work experience; instead, we’re looking for enthusiastic, driven and innovative individuals, with a passion for business and technology.”
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Success at School

A wide range of opportunities including those from: PwC, BT, IBM, EDF, and many more!

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