Apprenticeships let you earn while you learn.

On an apprenticeship you will:

  • Get a year of work experience
  • Obtain a qualification, usually a Level 2 or 3
  • Meet employers to improve career prospects

Contact the Employability Team to find out about local opportunities, or check out the The National Apprenticeship Service website.

The Oldham Council Apprenticeship Programme

The Oldham Council Apprenticeship Programme is a form of vocational training which allows jobseekers to learn while they work. It combines work experience with the receipt of a nationally recognised qualification.

The three elements of apprenticeships are:

  • Technical Certificate (underpinning Knowledge)
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
  • Workbased learning

The apprentice typically spends around 80% of their time in the work place and around 20% studying for their qualification.

The qualification will be relevant to the role they are on and will be one of three levels:

The Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2 / GCSE Level)
  • Paid at National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage (£3.30 per hour currently)
  • 12 months opportunity

Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3 /A-Level Standard)

  • Paid at National Minimum Wage
  • 18 months opportunity

Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 & 5 / Foundation Degree Level)

  • Need to determine pay (at present it is being paid at ‘living wage’)
  • 2 years to 5 years depending on the Apprenticeship

You must not have a qualification higher than that apprenticeship in the same area (e.g. you can’t apply for a level 3 apprenticeship if you have a degree, or a level 2 business support apprenticeship if you hold a level 3 NVQ or above in business support).


To enrol on the traineeship, you must be over 16. There is no upper age limit, but the wage may put some older applicants off.

To apply, please complete the registration form.

You will receive regular updates with instructions on how to apply. This will typically involve either completing an application or sending your CV.

Employability Team
Tel 0161 770 4674