An apprenticeship is an opportunity to earn a wage while gaining necessary hands-on skills, experience and knowledge in your chosen industry. An apprenticeship allows you to ‘learn on the job’ and increase your future earning potential, qualifications and skillset.

There are three levels of apprenticeships available in over 170 industry occupations, with most frameworks designed towards giving you a nationally recognised qualification like an NVQ or BTEC.

Finding a Vacancy and Applying

Applying for an apprenticeship has never been easier

Once you know that an apprenticeship is what you’d like to pursue you can start the application process. It’s important to apply for an apprenticeship position that appeals to you and your future career goals, as that’s how you’ll get the most value from it. The National Apprenticeship Service website allows you to search and apply for current apprenticeship vacancies in the area and also has some handy tips and information to ensure you have a winning application.

Why wait any longer? Take a look at the apprenticeships available today using the Vacancy Search

Want to start writing your winning apprenticeship application? Try this Step-by-Step guide

Section breakdown…

  1. Finding a Vacancy and Applying

  2. The Benefits

  3. Levels of Apprenticeships

  4. Questions and Answers

  5. Useful Links

The Benefits

Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge first hand in a working environment.

This real life experience can give you an edge over other candidates, and other benefits include:

  • Earning money while you learn

  • Enjoying job satisfaction from being employed

  • Working towards a recognised qualification

  • Improving self confidence

  • Learning new skills

  • Gaining valuable industry knowledge and expertise

  • Demonstrating how capable you are

  • Making important industry contacts

For more information on apprentice wages, qualifications, career prospects visit the National Apprenticeship Service

Levels of Apprenticeships

There are three different levels of apprenticeships available for you to apply for in over 170 industries.

Interested in an apprenticeship? Which level suits you?

Thinking of applying for an apprenticeship?

Why not check out the current advertised positions in Torquay…

Find out what’s available in Torbay using the NEW Find An Apprenticeship search system.

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

Higher Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree

Advanced Apprenticeships

Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification.

‘Apply for an apprenticeship today and say hello to your future’

To see the latest vacancies in Paignton, Brixham, Newton Abbot and Totnes check out the tSpace Blog.


Don’t dream it – Do it, and become an apprentice!

We know that you have lots of questions about being an apprentice and we’re here to help. Here are a couple of answers to get you clued up:

What time of year can I start an apprenticeship?

You can apply at any time of the year. You can begin the work-based training on the availability of a position at an employer.

What is the apprentice National Minimum Wage rate?

The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice – you must be at least school leaving age to get it. To find out more about National Minimum Wage rates visit

Can a university graduate do an apprenticeship?

Yes – You can do an Apprenticeship but you will not be eligible for funding. That means your employer would have to pay your training costs.

Do you get to choose where you work?

Accepting a job offer from an employer for an apprenticeship post will be your decision. You will need to apply for apprenticeship vacancies and go through the employers’ recruitment process and be successful in your application to be offered a position.

Do you have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

The National Apprenticeship Service will pay the costs of your training depending on your age, with any remaining costs met by the employer if you are aged 23 or under.

What are my employment rights as an apprentice?

Most apprentices are employed and therefore have the same rights as other employees. To find out more about your rights as an apprentice go to

For more questions and answers on apprenticeship training and employment, career benefits, national minimum wage and general apprenticeship vacancies visit the National Apprenticeship Service


If you feel that you’re not ready to start an apprenticeship there is an alternative for you… a traineeship.

What are Traineeships?

A traineeship is an education and training programme that allows you to gain essential work experience, Maths, English, work skills and training that you need to start your career and get an apprenticeship or job.

Why are Traineeships important? They can:

– Prepare you for the world of work, giving you pre-employment training, skills and experience that employers are looking for.

– Provide you with meaningful work experience, giving you insight into an industry of your choice.

– Improve your confidence, literacy and numeracy skills, which might be holding you back.

– Ensure that companies have the talented workforce required for business success.

For more information and advice on traineeships, click HERE.

What next?

Want to get an apprenticeship? these links will help...

Local & National Training Providers

Thinking about starting an apprenticeship? Find our what providers are offering your apprenticeship locally & nationally.

C.V & Cover Letter

Want to start applying for apprenticeships? You’re going to need a stand out C.V and a strong Cover Letter. Click the link to view our C.V & Cover Letter section.


Time to brush up on those interview skills? Visit our helpful section with the best interview hints and tips.

Useful Links

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