Section 4 – Apprenticeships

On an apprenticeship, you’re employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification – usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre. Inclusive or supported apprenticeships allow the apprentice to use an Entry Level 3 qualification in English or Maths as a lower entry route.

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes which give you a chance to work towards a qualification. They help you gain the skills and knowledge you need. Apprenticeships give you experience in the working world. The hands-on training gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helps you to gain more confidence in a working environment. You earn while you learn. You’ll be paid a salary by your employer.

You can contact local colleges and training providers to see if they are offering supported or inclusive apprenticeships or use the Government’s Find an Apprenticeship website. Please use the links to find out more.

Supported apprenticeships | British Association for Supported Employment

Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds – or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan to get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t yet have the skills or experience needed. Traineeships can help you to get real work experience, job skills and improve your English and Maths skills, giving your career prospects a real jump-start. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months).


Apprenticeship Providers – Colleges

Bournemouth and Poole College

Weymouth College

Kingston Maurward College

There are other large colleges just outside of the county – Brockenhurst and Yeovil – and some small, niche colleges offering apprenticeships in Dorset. Please contact us if you would like more information.


Key Sources of Apprenticeship Information

DSTPN – Dorset & Somerset Training Provider Network

All apprenticeships – Search by Location


Apprenticeship Providers – Companies

Apprenticeships – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Apprenticeships & traineeships – Dorset Council


Please refer to the map on the Home page for our largest employers, many of whom offer apprenticeships, with lots more, large and small, also offering opportunities. More information can be found here.

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