Undertaking an apprenticeship can boost your career prospects in both the short and long term. With over 1,500 apprenticeship job roles available, there is an industry to suit everyone’s interests and get you on track to reaching your future potential.

In recent years, there has been a marked shift in opinion amongst employers over the value of apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are rapidly becoming acknowledged as one of the most effective routes to achieving a successful career.

Employment Prospects

Short term

Employment prospects in the immediate months following on from an apprenticeship are excellent. Following the completion of an apprenticeship scheme with a Level 4 vocational qualification, 85% of apprentices will stay on in the job role, with over two-thirds of these people remaining with the same employer.

Alongside the immediate employment prospects, apprenticeships have proven to provide other considerable benefits. If you have recently completed an apprenticeship, and are keen for a change of scene, then the skills and attributes you have developed during your training will broaden the career paths available to you. Indeed, 80% of apprentices state their training provided them with the sector-relevant skills and knowledge needed to boost their career prospects, allowing them to reach their future potential.

Long term

Employers continue to show commitment to promoting former apprentices to a higher position within the company. Almost 20% of employers have former apprentices working in board level positions, demonstrating business do not solely reserve this level of career progression for those that have attended university.

Progression can be speedy for former apprentices; over half of companies stated successful former apprentices would take approximately five years to reach management level.

Types of careers

There is a whole range of sectors in which you can take an apprenticeship, each leading to a variety of career paths. We have provided a brief summary of the sectors covered, the types of jobs available or the leading employers in the industry:

  • Creative, media, arts and digital technology

    Career prospects including photography, journalism and technical theatre.

  • Information and communication

    Careers include systems analysts, IT security experts, website developers and network engineers. Employers include large IT companies such as BT, Capgemini and Santander.

  • TV production and broadcasting

    Job roles in this sector range from broadcast production assistants, camera crew assistants and content researchers. The major employers include BBC Academy, 4Talent and Sky Academy.

  • Business management, administration, law and finance

    Job roles range drastically in this sector and include marketing, consultancy and HR. There are also a variety of legal roles such as solicitors and conveyancing technicians.

  • Construction and planning

    Construction is a varied sector that includes jobs ranging from hands-on plumbing, heating and builders through to civil engineers and chartered surveyors.

  • Engineering and manufacturing

    There is a range of engineering sectors open to apprentices including aerospace, power, defence and nuclear industries as well as the vehicle and automotive industry. Manufacturing roles cover furniture crafts, silversmiths as well as food technology and production.

  • Health and social care

    Careers include maternity support assistants, pharmacy assistants, dental nurses and social workers. The NHS is the largest employer for this sector.

  • Life and industrial sciences

    Career prospects mostly centre around research-based jobs such as lab or manufacturing technicians.

  • Retail and commercial enterprise

    Job roles in this industry vary from customer service assistants, hospitality manager and hair and beauty technicians.

  • Agriculture, horticulture and animals

    This broad sector covers jobs from framing to veterinary nursing and land-based engineering. Employers in this sector tend to be smaller businesses as well as farms of all sizes.

  • Public services

    These apprenticeships can lead you to a variety of careers, including the fire and ambulance services, to youth workers or social service workers.

  • Education

    If you are interested in a career in teaching, apprenticeships are available to train teaching and learning support assistants.

  • Leisure, travel and tourism

    Job roles range from travel consultants to personal trainers and exercise and fitness coaches.

To explore the full range of apprenticeships available, and variety of jobs roles following completion, visit the government A-Z list of apprenticeships.