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Apprenticeships and school leaver schemes

There are hundreds of apprenticeships available within 10 miles of Cotham School, including several at Higher or Degree level.  Find our what they are here is the UK's leading website showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university e.g. apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs. Many large national and international employers advertise their opportunities on this site.


Here's an easy way to explore local apprenticeships and filter them by level:

You can explore them by sector here:


Amazing Apprenticeships parents' pack (April 2019) can be  accessed from here. accessed from here. This provides information about a number of current apprenticeship opportunities.


Here are some excellent apprenticeship opportunities that are open at present:

There are a lot of great apprenticeship opportunities around at the moment with top companies. Check closing dates for application as some close soon, although not starting until Sept. 2019:

Press Commercial Bodyworks Ltd

Press Commercial Bodyworks Ltd are currently looking for at least two apprentices. Find out more information here and download the application form here.


Various interesting and well-paid opportunities:  (choose Apprentice in the Contract Type box)


BP offer various apprenticeships


Aldi have various apprenticeships


Solicitor apprenticeships:

CMS - 



These top business services firms offer various work experience opportunities, supported degrees and/or apprenticeships leading to professional qualifications:

PwC: work experience and school leaver opportunities including sponsored degrees
EY: Business apprenticeships
Excellent application tips here:
Deloitte: BrightStart higher apprenticeships: 


IBM have a gap year Futures Scheme as well as a range of apprenticeships


Be quick as many of these are closing soon

Arup - Advanced apprenticeships in Buildings & Infrastructure
Network Rail
Airbus: engineering, finance, business, digital & technical apprenticeships, some at degree level
Rolls Royce: a variety of apprenticeships
GKN Aerospace
Atkins:  a civil engineering company with a range of apprenticeships, incl. digital: is a good site for school leaver opportunities, including current apprenticeships and school leaver programmes, the latest school leaver job news, and advice to help you get where you want to go.


Other Useful Information and Links


Which? University has a useful Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships which can be downloaded from here:


TARGETcareers has created a new guide to help parents support their children in future career decisions, in particular, those wanting to explore apprenticeships in finance, business, engineering and IT.  It can be viewed here: Paths to Professional Careers – a Parent’s Guide 

Levels of Apprenticeships



Equivalent educational level






A level


4, 5, 6 

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Top tip: Many lower graded apprenticeships are actually a stepping stone to a much higher career level. Many companies offer successful applicants the chance to progress through to Level 4 (Higher) apprenticeships and beyond, into management.