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Apprenticeships, or 'work-based learning' allows you to gain qualifications and relevant skills to help you do your job but also develop you as a person to do well in your chosen work area. It is an opportunity to learn a qualification while you earn.

If this interests you, then this may help you decide what level would suit you. You can also take a look at the steps to sucess chart to help you decide which level you should study at.


This is where you are employed and study for qualifications through a training provider. They are a good way to learn and normally last between 1-2 years although some may take longer. Apprenticeships are available in lots of different work areas for example; Care, Business, Engineering and lots more.

There are three types of Apprenticeships, as listed below:

You will need to think about the job areas you would like to work in and the type of job that interests you, to help you get started go to National Careers Service and  PLOTR Worlds.

Check out the National Apprenticeship Service to find out more about what it’s like to be an apprentice, search for vacancies and how to apply!

 Types of apprenticeships

Maybe you have an employer ready who wishes to work with you and you need to find out about relevant training, please contact Doncaster's Apprenticeship & Skills Team.

If you aren't quite ready ready for an Apprenticeship but fancy the sound of one a Traineeship or 'Study Programme' can help you prepare.


Traineeships are aimed at 16 to 24 year olds and will give you the skills and experience needed to get a job or apprenticeship. 

If you're not quite ready for an Apprenticeship then a Traineeship may be for you. Traineeships usually last a maximum of 6 months and will provide you with the essential work preparation, Maths and English and work experience that you need to become "work ready".

Traineeships - are they for me?

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"Study Programmes"

If you aren't quite ready for a Traineeship or Apprenticeship and you do not already have a GCSE 'C' in English and Maths you may be offered a 'Study Programme'. A study programme will include a large element of Work Experience as well allowing you to work towards a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths.Your Study Programme will be tailored to your individual needs and will help you gain the Skills and Confidence needed to progress on to the next phase of your life whether it’s a Diploma, Apprenticeship, GCSEs, A levels or employment.

Check out the different Academic and Vocational courses available in and around Doncaster by clicking on Courses.