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Pre-apprenticeships prepare young people aged 16 and 24 for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready'.

They provide the essential work preparation training, IT, Maths and English support and real employer work experience. This means you can progress into a job or an Apprenticeship.

These are short, job focussed courses that mean you can progress quickly.

How much do they cost?

Pre-apprenticeships are provided at no cost for learners who meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

  • Between 16 and 24 years
  • Have little or no work experience
  • Reside in the West Midlands, East Midlands or North West to meet our funding contract

Typically they include  

  • Skills training and where needed vocational qualifications in your chosen area
  • Work preparation training which ensures you have the skills and confidence needed for an Apprenticeship or other job
  • Maths, English and IT support if you need it
  • At least 70 hours high quality work experience with a local employer who is looking to recruit
  • Help to build your CV and support to improve your interview skills.

The training elements of our courses are currently delivered through online learning and remote support from our Training Advisors or within our training centres depending on the course type.

Courses available

Currently we offer the following sectors, and we are adding new courses all the time.

  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Childcare
  • Administration
  • IT & Digital
  • Leather Manufacturing

What are Digital Skills Bootcamps?

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up tech skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer. They are being developed by the Government as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs, in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people develop the skills that are in demand in their local area and get a better job.

How much do they cost?

Skills Bootcamps are provided at no cost for learners who meet the eligibility criteria and are accepted by a Skills Bootcamp provider on to a specific programme.

Employers who wish to upskill existing employees through the Skills Bootcamps will receive a 70% discount from the standard programme fees.

Eligibility criteria

Skills Bootcamps are available to all adults, regardless of prior attainment aged 19+ who are either:

  • Employed, self-employed or
  • Career changers / returning to work / redeployed, or
  • Unemployed within the last 12 months

Courses available

We are offering 3 skills bootcamps starting in September designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to secure work within a digital role. Learners will receive a blended approach to learning including, face-to-face training, mentoring and online learning.

  • Digital Marketing
  • Full Stack Web Design
  • Software Developer and engineer

To find out more about alternative career pathways you can call us on 0121 544 6455 or alternatively you can complete an enquiry form and we will contact you.

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    “The Apprenticeship Works handle all the advertising, CV vetting and first interview for me. It means that the right people are sent to us. When we take someone on The Apprenticeship Works is there to provide on-going support, dealing with wages, holidays and any personal issues that can arise, after all we are working with young people who can find the transition from school to employment daunting.”

    Carwood’s general manager Anthony James

    Over the period we have worked with the apprenticeship works we have successfully trained Apprentices in Business Admin and Customer Services. After successful completion of the qualifications/training the Apprentices have gained permanent full-time employment with us. I cannot recommend Apprenticeship works enough to give young people the opportunity to learn in a stable working environment with a view to future employment.

    The staff at Apprenticeship works are approachable and willing to offer any support requested. Therefore we have enjoyed a happy business relationship for the last 7 years.

    Shepherds Solicitors


    “Working with The Apprenticeship Works is a collaboration,” says Anthony, “we are both here to make sure the right young people get the right apprenticeship for the benefit of the business and for the right start in their working life. It is about managing the transition from school to employment with training bolted on.”

    Carwood’s general manager Anthony James