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11TH – 13TH JULY 2023

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a post-16 option where you can work and study at the same time. You will be hired by an employer and get paid a salary while you learn. The majority of your time is spent doing on-the-job training and working with colleagues, alongside studying towards a qualification.

Amazing Apprenticeships have put together 8 key facts you need to know about apprenticeships and a rapid read specifically on degree apprenticeships.

What the programme offers

Peer Networking and Social Activities

Peer Networking and Social Activities

Students will have the opportunity to meet peers from across the country who are also interested in apprenticeships while taking part in a variety of social activities.

Information Sessions on Apprenticeships

Information Sessions on Apprenticeships

Students will attend sessions run by leading employers on:

  • Introductions to their business
  • Descriptions of what they look for in a candidate

And interactive sessions on:

  • The different levels of apprenticeships
  • The variety of apprenticeships available
  • What an apprenticeship may entail

Professional Networking

Professional Networking

Students will have the opportunity to meet with current apprentices at networking events, information sessions, and panel discussions.

Application Process Guidance

Application Process Guidance

Students will attend interactive sessions on the application process, including where and when to make applications, and the processes employers will use in recruiting apprentices to their competitive programmes.

Apprenticeship Skill Sessions

Apprenticeship Skill Sessions

Students will attend skill development sessions, including mock interviews, practise applications, and the selection process.

What are the benefits?

Increased confidence

In-depth understanding of apprenticeships

Improved professional skills

Increased understanding of next steps

How to apply

Applications for the Apprenticeship Summer School 2023 will open in January 2023.

Please register your interest below.

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.

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
We believe that apprenticeships gives all students (regardless of social or economic background) the opportunity to gain vital work experience and hands-on training. Accenture
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
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. CPS

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