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Apprenticeships and work experience


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 5 years to complete depending on their level. An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate (level 2) - equivalent to GCSE educational level
  • Advanced (level 3) - equivalent to A level educational level
  • Higher (level 4, 5, 6 and 7) – equivalent to foundation degree and above educational level
  • Degree (level 6 and 7) – equivalent to Bachelor’s or Master’s degree educational level

Gov.uk (external link) provides an insight into what apprenticeships are all about and apprenticeship vacancies available.

Work experience

Have you considered a work experience placement? Work experience placements can be a great way to gain a foothold in the world of work. They offer you the chance to gain valuable experience to place on your CV and a real taste of how the world of work operates.

National Careers Service (external link) is a government agency that provides support and advice on which career path to take and can also help you with employability issues such as improving your CV.


Volunteering in the local community for a charitable or community organisation can be a great step on the way to securing employment. Evidence of volunteering will look great to potential employers on your CV and can help to provide you with vital skills and experience en route to finding a job.

West Lancashire CVS (external link) can assist you with accessing local volunteering opportunities. 

Do-It (external link) is a national volunteering information service.

Job search

The local Job Centre Plus (external link) can support your job search through the use of Universal Jobmatch. Universal Jobmatch is a free, online, job matching service and is one of the largest job sites in the UK. Job seekers can use the new service by setting up a Universal Jobmatch account (external link).

You can also browse a wide range of public sector jobs online at Jobsgopublic (external link).