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I Want To Be An Apprentice

We have a range of apprenticeship courses across Dorset. Here you can find our latest vacancies and more information about what an Apprenticeship is and how it can benefit you.

How do I become an apprentice?

Step 1 – Get in touch with us. Contact us to express your interest in an apprenticeship. We will then support you through the next steps and enrol you on the course right for you.

Step 2 – Find an apprenticeship. Head to the Government website and look for an apprenticeship vacancy. If you’re struggling to find one, get in touch with us. If you already have an employer who you’d like to work with, please ask them to get in touch with us directly.

Step 3 – Apply + get going. The next stage is all about applying for the role and starting your apprenticeship! Our employability coaches can help with your application, and we will support you from day 1 of your new role.

Watch our apprentice Q+A video:

Catherine Bishop, Customer Services Apprentice now Library Manager, talks about her experience at Skill & Learning.

Are you interested in becoming an apprentice? Fill in our contact form to express your interest!

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What is an Apprenticeship?

There has never been a better time to become an apprentice. It is a job with training and a qualification to aim for, you’ll be earning a wage, developing your skills, gaining experience and starting on the career ladder. As the Apprenticeship is work based you will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have time to study. There are many types of Apprenticeship available and we’ll give you guidance on what suits you.

Why become an apprentice?

  • Earn a wage
  • Gain new qualifications
  • Receive industry standard training
  • Gain new knowledge and job specific skills
  • Gain real work experience
  • Meet new people and develop new opportunities
  • Start or change career
  • Build up your CV

Apprenticeships are available in more than 170 industries covering over 1,500 job roles. There are up to 25,000 vacancies available across England on the website right now.

Why Skills & Learning?

We are currently working with a range of small, medium and large employers, across Dorset, who want to develop the skills of their existing staff,  expand their teams and bring in new blood by offering apprenticeship roles and programmes. There is a shared responsibility for developing the skills of the apprentice through a bespoke training programme that suits the business and the apprentice they appoint.

Skills & Learning are a long-standing, experienced, ethical, local authority hosted, Ofsted rated ‘good’ training provider. 

We offer a broad programme of learning across Dorset allowing us to develop flexible, varied and bespoke apprenticeship training plans.

Our apprentices have great progression into permanent roles once they complete their training.  

We work with good local employers who want to invest in and develop their staff to grow their business.  We don’t work with any employers who see an apprentice as cheap labour.

Click here to see the Apprentice’s Journey

NEW VACANCY: Level 3 Business Admin Apprenticeship with UK Guardians

This is a fantastic chance to learn a wide range of business admin skills within a small, supportive and successful company. The role will involve supporting international students; your days will be busy with interesting tasks and the chance to interact with a wide range of people, together with lots of opportunities to develop your career. UK Guardians is based in Christchurch. Find out more on their website.

Apply online today!

All Apprenticeship Opportunities.

To find all Apprenticeship opportunities please visit the  Apprenticeship website.

Call our Customer Service Team on 01202 123444  if you would like to talk about our Apprenticeship training programme.

Have a look at all the current Apprenticeship opportunities in the Dorset area:


“So today marks the start of my apprenticeship. Yes, I know, I’m 39 years old but I’m now studying towards a “Level 5 diploma in leadership and management”. I am super pumped to be studying a subject I have a real passion for.”


“I work with such supportive and knowledgeable colleagues, who have become my second family and a network I know I can rely on”