Get an apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship

There are lots of education and training providers in Lancashire offering work based learning opportunities, often specialising in specific industries or sectors.

These opportunities include apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships.

The SORTED website provides more detail on which providers offer apprenticeships and traineeships across Lancashire.


An apprenticeship is an excellent way to combine on the job learning while you're working and earning a wage. You'll get hands on practical learning through your employer and you'll also go into college or to your training provider one day a week to learn the theory behind your chosen subject area. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of subjects and they last for at least 12 months. You can start at Level 2 and progress all the way up to Level 7.

As an apprentice, you'll be an employee and will receive a wage and other employee rights, such as holiday pay. 

Apprentices receive different rates of pay, depending on their age and where they are up to in their apprenticeships. A 16-18 year old apprentice is entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

You can find an apprenticeship on GOV.UK.


A traineeship includes a work placement which will help you gain the skills and experience you need to progress into an apprenticeship or employment. You'll also get support with English and maths if you need it, as well as work preparation training. A traineeship can last anywhere between six weeks and a year, though most last for up to six months. Unlike an apprenticeship, you won't receive a wage on a traineeship. However, you may be entitled to financial support through your education provider.

You can find out more about traineeships on GOV.UK.

Supported internships

Supported internships are a work-based study programme for 16-24 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan.