Apprenticeship Summer School icon
Applications open:
11 January 2022
12TH – 14TH JULY 2022

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. Not meeting all of the additional criteria will not disqualify you.

How to apply

Applications for the Apprenticeship Summer School 2022 have now closed

Please register your interest below to be notified when applications open for the 2023 programme


We follow government guidelines on Covid restrictions and we will let you know as soon as possible if the programme delivery model is affected by any future change.

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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.

2020 alum

Accenture participated in the Apprenticeship Summer School last year and we are thrilled to be invited back this year. We believe that apprenticeships gives all students (regardless of social or economic background) the opportunity to gain vital work experience and hands-on training.


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.

2020 alum

Supporting the Sutton Trust’s Apprenticeship Summer School again in 2021 will give us that opportunity whether it be a “live or virtual” event to engage with more young people and help them to identify the options which are available to them.

Sharon Blyfield, Head of Early Careers and Apprentices, Coca Cola European Partners

In the CPS, we aim to become an employer of choice for talented individuals from all backgrounds, we believe a diverse workforce will make our organisation stronger. We welcome anyone who has the ability, talent and dedication to flourish into careers in the CPS, so that we are properly representative of the public we serve. That’s why we are working with the Sutton Trust to take part of the Apprenticeship Summer School this year to ensure young people have the skills, confidence and knowledge to apply for our apprenticeship programmes as an alternative route to a professional career, after they have left school.