Apprenticeship Information, Application Tips and Resources

An apprenticeship gives you on the job experience, a salary and the opportunity to gain a variety of qualifications from level 2 (GCSE level), right the way up to degree level, all whilst working in an relevant industry of your choice.

By successfully completing your apprenticeship, you will have gained the confidence and skills needed to progress in your chosen career. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries from hospitality, to business administration.

The University has some great apprenticeship opportunties. Make sure you have a look at our top tips below before applying.

If you are experiencing difficulties with the process or have any questions about our scheme please contact our Apprenticeship Manager at:

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship gives you on-the-job experience, a salary and the opportunity to train as you work. Through an apprenticeship you will be able to:

  • Earn a salary while spending at least 20% of your time off the job training with one of our partner training providers.
  • Gain industry recognised qualifications and certification.
  • Start your long term career pathway in your chosen industry.

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Successfully completing your apprenticeship should mean you have the confidence, knowledge and skills to progress in your career.

What will I learn?

Apprenticeships at the University of Birmingham are available in a range of subject areas including: Lab Technicians, Business Administration, Finance, Engineering, IT , Hospitality and Catering, Business Administration, Marketing, Childcare and many more. 

During the apprenticeship you will learn the required knowledge and skills specifically designed by leading employers that will give you the building blocks to support your career development.

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Am I eligible?

Most importantly you should demonstrate enthusiasm for working at the University of Birmingham and pursuing the occupational area of your choice.

There is no age limit to an apprenticeship. If you’re over 16, living in England and not in full time education then an apprenticeship could be perfect for you.

You can undertake an apprenticeship at a lower level if you have a degree so long as it is not in the same subject area as your apprenticeship. You cannot undertake more than one apprenticeship at a time and must be eligible to work in the UK.

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Top tips and useful resources

Top Tips

1. The right career move: Make sure that you are interested and enthusiastic about applying for one of our apprenticeship roles. If you are not then this will not be the right apprenticeship or career for you and may be reflected in your application. Think about what future occupation you may want. Have a look at our useful resources page where you will find some helpful links.

2. Accuracy: Make sure all the information you include is accurate. Many of our apprenticeship roles will involve developing levels of accuracy to carry out specific tasks.

3. Ask questions: If there is something you are unsure about then please do ask us. Contact our Apprenticeship Manager Caleb on

4. When applying through the National Apprenticeship Service use this helpful guide to support you completing your application.

Useful Resources

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. They can be an important route into employment or further study. Below are some useful links that may help provide you with information to make informed choices.

National Careers Service

National Apprenticeship Service


We also have this great Canvas resource which will help you with CVs, application forms, interviews and assessments.