Introduction to Apprenticeships

Over the last 2 weeks the Year 11, 12 and 13 students had the opportunity to listen to, and be involved in, a presentation and Q & A session run by our expert Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge Coordinator (part of Amazing Apprenticeships).

It was a very informative session and gave a greater understanding of opportunities available through apprenticeships. If your son/daughter was unable to take part in the session and would like to view the PowerPoint, it can be found on this page (right). Or if students of any other year would like to have an introduction to apprenticeships please do click on the link also.

For a recorded version of the presentation, please use the following link:

Current Apprenticeship Opportunities

Current Apprenticeship vacancy page from Activate Learning

  • Year 11.

For any students considering an Apprenticeship, there is a comprehensive list of vacancies across a range of employers for them to start looking at.

Education Skills & Funding Agency

  • Year 13

The Education Skills & Funding Agency (ESFA) has created this Higher and Degree Vacancy Listing that showcases hundreds of vacancies for higher and degree level apprenticeships starting in 2021/22. It includes over 60 different employers with some, such as Amazon, Coca-Cola and Morrisons, recruiting across the whole of England. Please click on the click for all nationwide positions.

Psychometric Testing

  • All years.

Psychometric Testing is a widely used part of the recruitment and selection process not only for Apprenticeships but also increasingly in other interviews and assessments as we move further into a virtual way of working.

One of our George Abbot parents Dan Hughes who is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and the International Director of Research & Development at PSI Services has very kindly put together a bespoke Introduction to Psychometric Testing for all George Abbot Students.  The presentation recording can be accessed here. Many thanks to Dan.

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If you are thinking of applying for any role, or would like some guidance for the future, we would highly recommend you listen to this recording to help equip you with knowledge and understanding of what psychometric testing is,  why it is used and how you can perform at your best for these assessments.

Dan has also provided a number of links and useful information for other assessments that are used as part of recruitment processes including group exercises, presentations.

We will be providing more information on assessment centre guides and psychometric testing in due course so please keep an eye out for the bulletin and all information can be found on the GA website.

Ernst and Young Apprenticeship Podcast Series

Ever wonder what a typical day as an Apprentice looks like? Or how our Apprentices are embracing the virtual working world? To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2021 we’re excited to launch our brand new five-part podcast series ‘Building Future Talent. Meet our apprentices’. Tune in to hear from our experts sharing their own stories in their own words. Learn about the impact you could have and the incredible opportunities EY has to offer.

Discover more, subscribe to our EY Careers Uncovered podcast series, available on all audio platforms.

AON  Insurance Apprenticeship Opportunities

Not sure if university is for you? Whether it’s because of tuition fees, a want for hands-on experience, or it’s simply not the path you want to take, that’s okay!

Alternatively, you can consider an apprenticeship programme. Why? Well…

  • Aon Apprentices have real jobs. You’ll be a permanent Aon employee from Day one.
  • Aon Apprentices are paid to learn. You’ll earn a competitive starting salary of £18k-£20k that grows with your experience, as well as offers additional benefits. We’ll support your professional studies and personal development.
  • Aon Apprentices make an impact. You’re the future of Aon. We prepare you fully for success on a journey that’s often demanding but always rewarding, offer on-the-job training and full support to gain professional qualifications.

Interested? If you are in Year 13 and would like to find out more about an Insurance, Actuarial, Investment or Client Management apprenticeship programme, then click the button below to find out what each programme consists of, and how to apply.

Here, you will also have the opportunity to online chat to our friendly team with any questions you have! Our team is here to support you through the whole application process. Please note this is a rolling application process so if any of your students are interested, please do encourage them to apply asap!

And, some final good news – we know a lengthy application form is never fun. So, if you apply via the button below our team will give you a call to fast track you through the application process by asking a few questions over the phone.

Volkswagen Group Apprentice Programme

After completing GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications, there are a variety of options available to students. An apprenticeship with the Volkswagen Group could be the perfect start to establish a career in the automotive industry.

The Volkswagen Group apprenticeship programme offers students the opportunity to learn and earn through gaining a nationally recognised qualification while working for one of the world’s leading automotive brands.

For more information, please click here.

Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship Opportunities – Network Rail

  • Year 11, 12 and 13.
  • Applications open January 2021.

Our Level 3 Engineering Apprenticeship is a three-year programme which gives you all the support and training you need to take the first steps towards becoming a professional engineer. During this scheme you’ll earn a competitive salary and get involved with important projects — gaining invaluable experience as you work towards a degree level qualification.

Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll have the option to continue your studies and move into specialist roles ranging from electrification and plant, overhead lines, signalling and telecoms.

When you become a part of our team, there’s no limit to how far you can go. And there’s never been a more exciting time to join Network Rail. We’re growing every year, embracing new technology, pushing boundaries and challenging what’s possible. So, if you’d like to learn, grow and make your mark on the future of transport, we’d love to hear from you.

For more information, please click the following link:

Fidelity International Apprenticeship Event

  • Year 12-13
  • Wednesday 3 March, 4.30pm-6pm

The event will be a digital webinar via Zoom. The event link will be shared prior to the event – once you have signed up using the link below.

  • Welcome to Fidelity from a Partner/Director
  • Introduction to Fidelity’s apprenticeship programmes
  • Explore ‘A day in the life of a Fidelity apprentice’
  • Hear from Apprenticeship course leaders about what you will learn.
  • Insights on how to do well in the recruitment process.
  • Networking/Q&A with Fidelity employees and apprentices

To sign up, please click here.


  • Years 11, 12, 13
  • Monday 8 March

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, the Royal Air Force (RAF) in partnership with Amazing Apprenticeships, will be running a webinar, ideal for female students in Years 11-13, to explore the incredible apprenticeship opportunities available.

Hear from ambassador and recruitment staff within different areas of the RAF. The webinar will include an engaging mix of presentationsinteractive workshops and valuable Q & A opportunities with a panel of RAF Ambassadors

If you are unable to attend the live webinar due to being in school, you will be able to watch the recording at your own leisure. However, you must register on the link below to be able to access the recording

Pfizer Apprenticeships

  • Year 13
  • Registration deadline: March 2021

Having an Apprenticeship at Pfizer means doing work that helps millions of people across the world benefit from life-changing treatment.

You will work for a company that believes in equity, excellence and protecting your work-life balance. And it means working with colleagues who take your ideas seriously and support your learning and development.

For more information, please visit:


  • Year 11
  • Deadline for applications: 12 March

You’ll work alongside, and learn from some incredibly talented engineers. Every day, you’ll develop your skills on real aircraft, in a real job. Over a series of placements, you’ll work on all our aircraft fleets, gaining the experience and know how to help keep them in perfect working order. You’re going to be busy. Alongside comprehensive on-the-job training, you’ll be studying towards the qualifications you need to become one of our future Aircraft Maintenance Technicians

For years two and three, you will return to our Heathrow Base to work alongside our engineers with the potential to be placed in one of our UK operational bases. You’ll continue to study towards achieving a Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship (Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician – Fixed and Rotary Wing); and by completing a Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development Competence).

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The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship

  • Year 12.
  • Applications open now.

With 70+ vacancies available, this is a brilliant opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces. To find out more about the programme please visit this website.

You can also visit the GES Vacancy Snapshot profile for a deeper look into the scheme and to begin preparing for the application process. Click here.