Apprenticeship Information

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

• work alongside experienced staff
• gain job-specific skills
• earn a wage and get holiday pay
• study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of apprenticeship
An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

• Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
• Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
• Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Who can apply
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

• 16 or over
• living in England
• not in full-time education

How to apply

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.

1. Search for an apprenticeship.
2. Sign in or create an account.
3. Complete and submit your application.

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

For more information on apprenticeships go to –

Latest Apprenticeship Information

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Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

Kirkby College offers a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7 to 13.

What is CEIAG?

CEIAG is about helping you to think about the choices you need to make in life, learning and work. CEIAG should help you to make your next step and to make more informed choices about your future.

In addition to CEIAG in the curriculum, CEIAG events and activities for students at Kirkby College include:

Careers Education

Careers Guidance

The three main aims of careers education:


The National Careers Service. This is a service that will provide information and advice to customers on the following topics:

There is practical advice on creating a CV, tips on interview techniques and how to get a job. Customers who want to discuss their options can speak directly to a Careers Advisor over the phone on 0800 100 900, or via the website on National Careers Service

Student Entitlement

Every student at Kirkby College has an entitlement statement for CEIAG which states the amount and type of CEIAG they will receive from Year 7 through to Year 13. Student Entitlement is available in the Student Planner and allows each student to see the learning outcome of the CEIAG activity and gives the opportunity for students to review it and state when it was completed.

CEIAG Policy

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Careers Ed IAG Policy Updated Feb 2012

Work Experience

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Work Exp Policy

Work experience week this year is from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July 2017.

In order to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about industry and commerce and to experience the responsibilities of a working role in an adult environment, all Year 10 students have the opportunity to undertake work experience.

Work experience provides each student with a valuable opportunity to develop their awareness and familiarity with the world of work. It can increase their confidence and communication skills in a working environment and they can experience at first hand the responsibilities of being an employee.

As an integral part of the learning process, we actively encourage and support all students to identify local companies who may be willing to offer a suitable place. The experience of contacting employers by telephone or letter and even attending interviews has proved to be extremely valuable to previous students when they eventually apply for full time employment.

Useful Websites for students

Below are some other useful websites around careers guidance and information. These may be particularly helpful when thinking about work experience, potential career pathways after school or considering further education.


National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help young people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

You can access FREE confidential and impartial advice, from a qualified careers advisers via text, email, telephone service, web chat and message board.

For more information visit or to speak directly to a Careers Advisor over the phone call 0800 100 900.


Kudos gives you all the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination.

If you are unsure of what careers you might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what you like and dislike.  You can also discover what careers your subject can lead to.

Packed with information on what employers are looking for, what you can earn and what qualifications you will need, Kudos is your passport to exploring your future.


Plotr helps 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love. It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

Explore employer worlds, in depth career profiles, videos, articles and more to get a view of what the world of work is really like and find what inspires you. With the help of expert info, insider hints and tips – and thousands of work experience, apprenticeship and entry level job opportunities – plotr guides you to what you love.

For more information visit


Start is a fantastic online careers learning resource accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices.  It is designed to enable young parents to make excellent choices about their futures.  Students can explore their future career and education options including:

It is FREE to use – simply to go to register


Providing career inspiration and information for young people, icould shows what is possible in work and offers different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

Useful Websites for Parents/Carers

Parent Advisor is a website giving advice to parents/carers about the career options for their children, including choosing the right course, college or university, finances, job hunting and more.