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It's a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work in subject areas such as business admin, retail and social care, to name a few. You're treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

You search and apply for Apprenticeships by visiting their website: or by contacting the employer or training provider directly or by asking around friends or family.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Guide to apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships has an interactive guide for students in Years 12 and 13 who are considering apprenticeships, explaining what an apprenticeship involves, the benefits and how to apply. The Amazing Apprenticeships website includes many other resources for students, parents and carers. Apprenticeship applications during Covid-19 Despite Covid-19, there are still employers looking for apprentices. To search for opportunities and apply, use the Government’s Find an Apprenticeship page and create an account to receive alerts about new vacancies. Not all apprenticeships are advertised there, however, so it is also a good idea to search for apprenticeships on job boards such as Indeed, and on employers’ own websites. Amazing Apprenticeships’ website includes advice to help with applications.

During the pandemic, the number of apprenticeships starts has decreased, with some employers having had to cancel upcoming apprenticeships or make apprentices redundant. See the Amazing Apprenticeships June 2020 parents’ pack p.3 for more information. For this reason, if you are hoping to start an apprenticeship - and even if you have one already set up - it is wise to apply for a college course or a traineeship or a job with training as a back-up, in case the apprenticeship does not work out.

Higher Education Apprenticeships

Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7. They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. Levels 4 and 5 are equivalent to a Higher Education Certificate/ Diploma or a foundation degree, level 6 is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and level 7 is equivalent to a Master’s degree.

Typically, higher apprentices study part-time at college, university or with a training provider. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete.

Higher Education

For 18 year old school leavers, the most relevant degree to be aware of is the bachelor’s degree. This can be taken in hundreds of subjects, ranging from nursing, law, engineering, media, hospitality, business, psychology and computer science, to name a few.


You can apply for fulltime employment using various websites. Make sure you have an up-to-date CV. The Inspire team can help you with your CV, interview techniques and cover letter.



Thurrock Opportunities:

Thurrock Opportunity Website Offer

Thurrock Opportunities is the one-stop place for jobs, apprenticeships and courses in Thurrock, and the surrounding areas. The website updates with the latest jobs and training opportunities every week.

There is also a wealth of information on the largest employment sectors in the borough, as well as guidance on apprenticeships, higher education and resources to support young people's career choices.


I am a University Applicant starting 2020

General updates and announcements will be published on the UCAS website:

It is a good idea to read this thoroughly and to check the site for any further official updates and information.

Information for students in England | Undergraduate, Conservatoires:

Coronavirus update | Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Conservatoires, Teacher Training:


  • Lectures and Learning; check the individual University Websites for updates, announcements and information published about virtual learning and lectures (not all universities will be making the same decisions, so you will need to visit their personal site).
  • Halls of Residence; check via the university website or communication systems when or if halls of residence will be opening. Again, this will vary amongst the universities so do check with the one you are planning on studying at.
  • Student Finance Applications; please do update any necessary details or information via your student finance application should any of your household circumstances have changed. Guidance for prospective students - GOV.UK
  • Unconditional Offers; if you have recently received an Unconditional Offer, please do check on the university website for updates and information about the form of learning you will receive (virtual or face-to-face) and the full details of the course before you accept.
  • Other Student Accommodation Arrangements; Keep good levels of communication with your landlord/ accommodation organiser to check the status of availability and if any amendments have or will be made.
  • Deferring Entry; if you have recently thought about deferred entry, please do liaise with your university directly, as per the following guidance and information: Deferred Entry To University

Check your emails regularly (the ones you provided for UCAS/ SLC/communication with accommodation providers) along with your school emails so that we can remain in contact. A lot of information and correspondence will no doubt be sent via email from all services, as it is currently the safest and most efficient way of communicating with students.