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Supported Employment Agencies such as Ways into Work can support young people with special educational needs and disabilities to get an apprenticeship.

If you have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan you can continue to have this support in place whilst you undertake an Apprenticeship.


What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a good way to get qualifications while earning money and gaining experience. 

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work with experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)


What are the different levels of apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree


How long do Apprenticeships take to complete?

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.


Who can apply for an apprenticeship?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education


How do I search for an Apprenticeship?

You can search for an apprenticeship through the website  or call the National Apprenticeship Helpdesk on 0800 015 0400 or email


How can I find out more information about Apprenticeships?

The site has more information for young people about Apprenticeships.  

You can also find out more about apprenticeships in the local area using the contact details below:

  • Your school will be able to provide you with information, guidance and support about Apprenticeships.
  • Local colleges such as East Berkshire College (EBC) and Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) provide a range of apprenticeships such as Animal Care, Equine Studies, Floristry, Horticulture and Motor Vehicle Maintenance.
  • Young people aged 16-24 can also contact Elevate Me for information and support around Apprenticeships and what they can offer you.
  • Adviza Careers advice have information on their website about Apprenticeship opportunities in the Thames Valley.
  • Grow our Own employment service provides advice about apprenticeships.  Vacancies for local Apprenticeships is also available on the Grow our Own website.
  • The Ways into Work service provide support in the local area for young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are aged 18 +.  This includes support to access Apprenticeships.   


Who to contact

Contact Name
National Apprenticeships Helpdesk
0800 015 0400
Website website

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  • Autism
  • Behavioural, emotional, social difficulties
  • Hearing impairment
  • Medical needs
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  • Physical disabilities
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Speech, language communication needs
  • Visual Impairment
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