Apprenticeships offer an alternative to college or university courses, you will have a job and study at the same time. This means you can earn while you learn and still gain a nationally recognised qualification!

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels, this is shown in the table below:




Equivalent educational level

Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4, 5, 6, and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree


Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub


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This is a great website with an interactive regional map to show the apprenticeship providers in your area. There’s also loads of information about different types of apprenticeships, apprentice case studies, FAQs, information for parents and you can browse and apply for apprenticeships in Greater Manchester. Click the map to enter. find an apprenticeship.jpg website

This is the go-to website to apply for an apprenticeship. You can filter by area and apprenticeship type. After creating an account you can apply for apprenticeships and they will email or text you about new apprenticeships and your applications. Click the banner above to enter.

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A parent’s guide to apprenticeships 

This handy guide informs parents about what apprenticeships are, the benefits of being an apprentice, expected salaries and entry requirements. Click the apprenticeships banner above to enter.


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This is a great website if you’re considering an alternative career pathway to college or university. You can search and apply for lots of different roles such as apprenticeships, traineeships, jobs, work experience as well as alternative college and degree courses. Also included:

  • ‘Be inspired’ section – includes case studies and profiles for a range of people on different courses or careers

  • ‘Advice centre’ – you can communicate with like-minded people to get information, tips, ideas, inspiration and more to help you on your journey