Apprenticeships can be a fantastic way to gain valuable experience and qualifications whilst also earning a decent paycheque. It’s ideally suited to those who want to get practical work experience in a particular sector of work i.e. engineering, accounting, project management and so on.

In honour of National Apprenticeship Week, I would like to outline some important information relating to the world of apprenticeships.

So, in today’s post, I will be touching on the following topics:

  1. The different types of apprenticeships available to you
  2. Local providers & their popular schemes
  3. The general pros and cons of apprenticeships


What are the different types of apprenticeships available to you?

There are 4 main types of apprenticeships available in the UK:


Local Providers & Popular Schemes:

There are apprenticeship opportunities all over the country, but even if you plan on staying in Cumbria, you’ve got loads of options too! We have several apprenticeship providers including:

  1. BAE Systems
  2. NHS
  3. Cumbria Council & Police
  4. Sellafield

They aren’t all focused on STEM subjects either (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), there is something for everyone. These providers offer various schemes over a wide range of employment sectors such as:

  • Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Information Management & Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Welding
  • Commissioning
  • Quality Management
  • Therapy
  • HR Consultant
  • Dental Nursing
  • Nursing Associate

Something to think about:

Apprenticeships are hard work, and securing a place on an apprenticeship scheme is difficult, as schemes are highly competitive. It can often be a lot of stress for young people too since you are balancing a full-time job whilst studying for high-level qualifications.

Having said that, they are a fantastic way to gain both academic qualifications and real hands-on, on-the-job experience. It is this experience that will really benefit you once you exit your apprenticeship scheme and start working as a standard employee, you will have been trained for that particular job for several years, and you will no doubt be very good at it.

What are the pros and cons of apprenticeships?

Would you like to know more about apprenticeships and what they have to offer? We’d recommend trying our apprenticeships e-course available here on our website. Additionally, we have an apprenticeship guide which contains all of the important information you may need to know. A digital version of this guide can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding apprenticeships, applications or anything in between then feel free to get in touch with us by sending an email to or by sending us a message on our social media.

We look forward to hearing from you 😊