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The Leeds Apprenticeship Hub

Apprenticeships can open the door to over 1500 job roles in 170 sectors from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning, and more are becoming available all the time. Take two minutes to watch this film featuring some of Leeds’ apprentices and former apprentices.

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Apprenticeships are offered by employers who will provide training and pay you to work while you are learning.

You can apply for an apprenticeship after year 11,12 or 13. You can even now apply for an apprenticeship at a higher level which means you can study a degree whilst you complete it!

Apprenticeships are for people of all ages, so if you're over 25 you can find out details of all the live vacancies from your local Job Centre or Job Centre Plus.

Finding and getting the right apprenticeship

The Leeds Apprenticeship Hub can help you to find an apprenticeship with an employer and training provider that suits your needs.Leeds Apprenticeship Hub

The hub can help you understand the opportunities available, to apply for vacancies, to prepare for interviews and to access an apprenticeship.

Follow us on Twitter @leedsapphub, check out our Facebook page or contact us on: 0113 2476220.

One form. One app. All your options

Fill in the 'I'm Interested!' expression of interest from here and we’ll match you to available vacancies or other organisations and training that can help you start the career you want.

You can see every apprenticeship vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Service website. You can search all available apprenticeship vacancies through the National Apprenticeship Website and downloadable app (link to:

• See all the LIVE APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES for West Yorkshire here
• The Leeds 14-24 Apprenticeship Academy is open check out their website here.
• Have a look at the new Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency website for vacancies here.
• Leeds City College have a new apprenticeship website here.
• Did you know that you can save money if you have an apprentice extra card? It has been developed by the National Union of Students and is like a student discount card. You can use it with more than 120 high street and online retail partners and save up to £525 per year. The card costs £11 a year. You can apply online at


Other useful links
Info and apprenticeship vacancies

Local Jobs and Careers
Find out the key job sectors in Leeds and hear what employers are looking for

UCAS Progress
Link to apprenticeships available on UCAS Progress

Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers
The City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list is compiled annually and features businesses that entered the National Apprenticeship Awards 2013

Jobs with training

Jobs with training are not formal apprenticeships, but you still get qualifications. You have a contract of employment and employment rights.  An apprentice is employed on a contract for the period of the apprenticeship and then has to apply for a permanent role.

Many of you will need to stay in some sort of learning now until your 18th birthday.  If you work, you can continue to learn through training on and off the job.  Your employer may run their own training programme to allow you to get qualifications relevant to your job. You are also entitled to paid time off for continuing your learning somewhere like a further education college.  Look out for opportunities like these and, when you go for an interview, always ask employers about any training available. The notgoingtouni website has many examples of traineeships on offer.

Local Jobs and Careers Information
Find out the key job sectors in Leeds and hear what employers are looking for

Learning and Job Opportunities
Info on what's on offer where you live and how to get help through job shops

Connexions Leeds on Facebook
Find out about one to one help and group sessions to help you find work and training after leaving school

Jobcentre Plus Search
Jobcentre Plus has one of Britian's largest databases of job vacancies, which is updated constantly
What else you can do if you don't think going to uni is for you
Advice on getting your first job and info on your rights and responsibilities

Jobs in Leeds City Council
Look for job vacancies and work experience opportunities with the City Council


Traineeships are designed to help 16-24 year olds (up to 25 with learning difficulties) who are nearly work-ready to secure and succeed in a job or apprenticeship.

Traineeships usually last six months – but you can finish early if you secure a job or apprenticeship before you finish the programme. They give young people the opportunity to gain work experience, learn essential work-related skills, and get feedback on their performance to help them continue to build on their skills.

They have three elements:

  • Work preparation (work-related skills; any skills needed for a specific placement)
  • English and Maths (GCSE A*-C level minimum – exempt if already achieved)
  • High Quality Work Experience (6 week minimum, up to 5 months)
  • Optional: Any qualifications needed for the work placement or desired field.

Traineeships are unpaid but are structured flexibly so they allow young people (aged 16-19) to continue to receive bursary funding (where eligible) and participate in Study Programmes; for older young people (aged 19-24), they can continue receiving Job Seeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit.

How to Apply:

Young people can apply for Traineeships via the National Apprenticeships Service website here:

In Leeds there are currently (as of November 2013) three eligible providers who have expressed an interest in delivering traineeships: Leeds City College, British Gas Services Limited and Yorkshire College of Building. Before a provider can take on a young person for a traineeship, they have to identify a relevant work placement for them.

Further Information

Leeds City College now offer Traineeships, click here for more info.
To find out more, see the government guidance available here: Traineeships.


Work experience

You may be able to get some work experience from school, find a part-time job, or do some unpaid work experience or voluntary work.  All of these options give you a chance to understand working environments and the skills you need to succeed in them.  There are some restrictions on when young people can work.  Look at the guidelines in the information section of this page.