Apprenticeship Summer School icon
Applications open:
11 January 2021
Applications close:
02 March 2021
19th - 21st July 2021


The health and safety of young people on our programmes is our paramount concern. We are following the latest government and Public Health England guidance and will continue to do so. We will make every effort to run the Apprenticeship Summer School as a face to face residential on the 19th – 21st July at The University of Warwick. However, due to the ongoing situation around Covid-19 this may not be possible. If this is unable to happen it will be run as a digital programme on the 19th – 21st July.

After the success of our new online platform Sutton Trust Online and hosting our 2020 programmes digitally we are confident that we can continue to deliver high quality support and engaging activities on the Apprenticeship Summer School.

What the programme offers

Insight into apprenticeships

Insight into apprenticeships

You’ll gain valuable insight into the apprenticeship route towards a career, and hear from current apprentices about their experiences.

Digital resources

Digital resources

Every student will receive a range of digital resources to support their future choices.

Application guidance

Application guidance

Learn where to find current apprenticeships and understand different employers application processes.

Networking opportunities

Networking opportunities

A chance to develop networking and digital skills whilst interacting with employers.

Who can apply


To apply to the Apprenticeship Summer School, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college.
  • Be in Year 12 (England and Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or S5 (Scotland) at the start of the programme.

In addition, we are looking for students who:

  • Have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades 9 – 6 (A*-B), including English and Maths. A minimum of two of these qualifications should be at grades 9 – 7. Or five A or B grades at National 5 including one A.
  • Would be the first generation in their family to gain a degree/degree-level qualification.
  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals whilst at secondary school.
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education or a high level of socio-economic deprivation.
  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals.
  • Have been looked after or in care.

The more criteria you meet, the more likely you are to get a place on the programme.

What people say

I was given unique insights from employers and apprentices, and on a personal level, I was pushed beyond my boundaries. I am so glad that I took this opportunity and would highly recommend it to those considering the apprenticeship route.

I’ve gained a lot of confidence from this experience.

I found the whole process amazing and so full of information. I love that I got the chance to have a practice interview; all great preparation for my future.

This three-day programme was brilliant! I very much enjoyed and greatly valued each and every activity that took place.