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4. Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Restaurant Service competitionApprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 who has clear career ideas and wants to start a job with structured training. They provide the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a wage and gain qualifications alongside workplace skills. Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries and cover over 1,500 different job roles. They take between one and five years to complete and are respected by employers. They are available at different levels:

  • Traineeships – include work preparation, work experience, maths and English study and prepare young people for Apprenticeships.
  • Intermediate Apprenticeships – usually require GCSEs at grade D or above.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships – usually require four GCSEs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

Go to and search for Find an Apprenticeship or Find a Traineeship. There are 27,000 vacancies available right now. People at WorldSkills UK LIVE can help and give further information about this route.