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Apprenticeships & Gap Year


Apprenticeships are available through both colleges and employer led schemes. However, to start an apprenticeship you will need to be offered a job opportunity first. You cannot start an apprenticeship without first having a job. St Michael’s staff and colleges will support you to look for opportunities and you should stay in regular contact if you are looking for an opportunity in this area. Parents are welcome to attend any careers appointment with their son or daughter.

You can search for apprenticeships through a number of different websites.

Apprenticeship Guide

All you need to know about apprenticeships


Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 72 countries and annual revenue of around € 12 billion. 

Barratt Homes

Learn a trade and earn at the same time with Barratt's apprenticeship and trainee scheme.

EDT - Year in Industry

EDT places students with 300 top UK companies every year including Shell, Rolls Royce, EDF, Network Rail and GKN. They have placements for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics.


HS2 will be the new, high speed train link between eight major cities in England.


Kaplan, part of Kaplan Inc is the UK’s leading global provider of diverse education and training. Programmes include professional accountancy and financial training, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeshipsfinancial marketspostgraduate and undergraduate degrees.

Legal Apprenticeships

For apprenticeships in legal firms and routes into a variety of legal careers.


For apprenticeships in one of the leading businesses in the food industry.


For apprenticeships and careers in technology.

National Apprenticeship Service

The government's resource for information on apprenticeships.

Not Going to Uni

Information on the variety of options available to you if you choose not to attend university.


For apprenticeships/routes into accounting, tax auditing and consulting.

UCAS: Apprenticeships in the UK

Information on courses available for 16 - 18 year olds.


Other websites


Gap Year opportunities

Camp America:  Applications are now open for Summer 2018 Visit: Camp America for more information.

Also check out The Year In Industry


Labour Market Trends?

The ultimate aim of education is help you access the labour market. Therefore, when deciding what to study it is also important to think about which industries are growing in the local area and which are not. For more information you can visit the World of Work or Nomis, which provides information about the labour market by area in UK. 


Today qualifications alone may not be enough to access job opportunities or higher education. Volunteering for just a few hours a week may help make an application form stand out and show an employer/education provider that you have something to offer over and above other potential applicants. For opportunities available in your local area you can visit the Do-It Trust or visit the Volunteer Centre for Sandwell.