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Why choose an apprenticeship?

Want to start, grow or change your career? Apprenticeships are real jobs with training and are a great way to build your skills and future.

From work with big brands to small businesses, health or public services, you can find an apprenticeship that suits you.

You’ll learn as you go and gain valuable first-hand experience. You’ll also get a salary, all your training costs paid, and other benefits such as holiday pay. And at the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll be qualified for a job.

What to expect working and studying

As well as learning at work, you'll spend at least 20% of your time training. Training is related to your job and usually takes place at college, university or with a training provider but could be in your workplace.

Training can be on day-release (which means going to college one day a week) or in blocks, so you may have a week of training in one go.

If you are taking a diploma or qualifications, you may want to top up your learning in your own time too.

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“How many opportunities it opens up for you”

Briony, business administration level 3

“You are part of the team, you have real responsibilities”

Grace, digital marketing level 3

“You can do an apprenticeship in almost anything!”

Jack, leadership and management level 3

“A wide range of people do apprenticeships”

Ciaran, digital marketing level 3

Highlighted apprenticeships across Greater Manchester

Allied Health Professions

The Allied Health Professions (AHP) cover 14 roles in health and social care, including dietitians, paramedics and radiographers. Roles support patients at all life stages, help prevent ill health, and enable people to live full and active lives. Entry and training routes vary, but you can qualify for some roles through a degree apprenticeship.

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Digital Marketing

As a digital marketing apprentice you'll learn about all areas of the marketing mix, earn a salary and work towards a recognised qualification.

Click below for a current example of a digital marketing apprenticeship role.

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Business Administration Apprenticeship

Apprentices perform a vital role within Greater Manchester Police, providing excellent customer service and administrative support to members of the public, colleagues and partners.


This is a fantastic opportunity to work in an award-winning nursery setting that offers a wide range of services to support local residents.


Joining an Airbus apprenticeship programme could be the ideal start to your career.

Quick Questions

Your earnings will depend on your apprenticeship and employer. The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.90 an hour for your first 12 months. After this, you will be paid at least the national minimum wage for your age. Many employers pay more, so check the details.

An apprenticeship takes between one and six years to complete, depending on the type you choose. You can also do an apprenticeship part-time over a longer period.

All apprenticeships have an End Point Assessment where you need to show you have developed certain skills, knowledge and behaviours. For some apprenticeships, you study for qualifications or diplomas so you may need to sit an exam.

As an apprentice in Greater Manchester, you can get free and reduced price tickets or a free bike from Transport for Greater Manchester.

Your apprenticeship may lead to a permanent job with your current employer. You can also look for a job with a different employer or progress to a higher or different apprenticeship.

There are four apprenticeship levels: intermediate, advanced, higher and degree. The level you can start at depends on your experience and qualifications.

Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the role, the training and the company you’ll be working for. Think about if it’s the right match for you.

Consider your strengths, hobbies and interests and why you want the role. See Apprenticeship Hub. for a step-by-step application guide.

Apprenticeships are advertised all year round. You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school or at any time in your adult life. To start an apprenticeship you need to be 16 or over and not in full-time education.

Joel, HR apprentice, Bury Council

After a year studying computing, Joel realised university wasn’t for him and decided to take an apprenticeship.

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Finance Officer

Job Description

Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending. This may include recording financial transactions and producing financial forecasts, arranging payroll, invoices and expenses. Finance officers may also create regular financial reports and budgets.

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Salary Range

£18,500 - £40,000

Working environment

Most finance officers work in an office environment, but you can work in any industry, from banking to creative and media organisations.


Minimum 35 hours a week


The skills and experience you build as a finance officer could enable you to work in many different industries. With experience, finance officers could train to become an accountant or move up to a senior officer role or finance manager.

Marketing Executive

Job Description

Marketing executives promote a company's products, services or brand. They do this through researching customer thoughts and feelings and market trends to inform campaigns. They write content for print, such as adverts and magazines, they organise and promote events and marketing campaigns online and via social media.

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Salary Range

£18,000- £35,000

Working environment

Usually office based.


Minimum 37 hours with evening and weekend work


Marketing executives could progress into management and also cross into online and digital marketing. Other opportunities may include freelancing, advertising, or public relations and communications.

Community Nurse

Job Description

District or community nurses mainly visit patients at home. They can be assisted by nursing auxiliaries who may visit to assist with tasks which need two workers. Their role involves things such as: support for patient and carer after hospital discharge, assist in coordinating care needs and ensuring equality of health care for vulnerable people.

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Salary Range

£23,213- £30,178

Working environment

You could work in a variety of different environments such as clinics and health centres, residential accommodation and patients’ homes.


Minimum 37 hours usually in shifts.


Some nurses feel so at home in a community nurse job that they apply there as a newly qualified nurse. Whichever you choose, there are so many different nursing specialities to explore and career paths to choose from, you will never run out of options.

CNC Machinist

Job Description

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists make precision parts for the engineering and manufacturing industries. Programming the CNC machine tool with data taken from technical drawings, working out the most efficient order to carry out machining tasks, choosing the right tools for each stage, setting the cutting speeds and tolerance levels, operating the machine, checking the work meets quality and technical standards, maintaining equipment.

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Salary Range


Working environment

You could work in a factory


42-44 hours per week, you could work evening/ weekends and shifts


With experience and further training, you could move into a supervisory role. You could also move into quality inspection or become an engineering technician.

Software Developer

Job Description

A software developer talks through requirements with the client and the development team. They take part in technical design and progress meetings, writing or amending computer code, testing software and fixing problems, keeping accurate records of the development process, changes and results, carrying out trials and quality checks before release, maintaining and supporting systems once they're up and running.

Alternative titles for this job include Programmer Software developers design, build and test computer programs for business, education and leisure services.

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Salary Range

£20,000 - £70,000

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.


37 to 40 hours per week including evenings and weekends


With experience, you could become a senior developer or a project manager, with planning or research responsibilities. You could move into related areas like systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis.

You could also set up your own business or work as a consultant in most areas of the economy, for example business services, finance, cyber security, telecommunications and healthcare.

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