Training and employment

    Students are expected to stay in some form of education or training until they're aged 18. This doesn't have to be in school. Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to do this.


    An apprenticeship is a job with training so you can earn while you learn and get qualifications. You can work alongside experienced people who are willing to pass on their skills and knowledge. You must be aged 16-or-over to start an apprenticeship.

    Apprenticeship training can last from one to four years, depending on the level and industry you choose.

    There are three levels you can study at:

    • apprenticeship (level two)
    • advanced apprenticeship (level three)
    • higher apprenticeship (level four and above)

    As an apprentice under 19-years-old, or in your first year, you'll be paid at least £3.50-per-hour. Some apprenticeships may pay more.

    Types of apprenticeships

    There are apprenticeships for lots of different job areas, such as:

    • IT
    • construction
    • engineering
    • health and care
    • retail

    If you need help finding an apprenticeship:

    Where to find an apprenticeship

    To find an apprenticeship:

    Some employers who don't already have apprenticeship placements may be willing to set one up for you.


    Traineeships are for 16 to 24-year-olds who want to work but need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job.

    Traineeships are unpaid, but you'll have the chance to develop skills and get workplace experience that employers ask for.

    Read more about traineeships on the GOV.UK website.

    As part of the Local Covenant to Care Leavers, companies associated with the Council and some local businesses have pledged to offer apprenticeships/internships to care leavers.

    The Leaving Care Team work closely with a number of organisations, like Work Zone and the Youth Federation, to prepare you for work. This includes having an up-to-date CV (curriculum vitae), attending confidence building/motivational workshops and work taster placements so you can make an informed decision about your career choice.

    Managers who work in the Council and in local businesses offer mentor support to care leavers and will organise a mock interview to help you develop interview skills.

    Your Social Worker will help access your National Insurance Number and set up a bank account.

    Adjusting to work life is a big change, so the Leaving Care Team can provide you with a Support Worker who will give you moral support and will arrange for someone working alongside you to be your ‘buddy’ (friendly help) whilst you settle in to your work and provide practical and emotional support, helping you to develop key skills.

    The Leaving Care Team will also assist with job applications and helping you to gain part-time employment whilst you are studying, which assists in building up your CV.

    Young People’s Service can provide additional advice and guidance about careers planning, further education options, CVs and job interviews as part of your transition to 'leaving care'.

    The Leaving Care Team work closely with local training and education providers Work Zone, Total People and New Leaf, and have good links with the Youth Federation and Prince's Trust, as well as local businesses, colleges and universities.

    For apprenticeship information go to, websites:

    Getting a job

    There are plenty of ways to search for a job such as: