Manchester Apprenticeships

A Cultural Hub for Careers in Manchester

Manchester is the creative and cultural hub of the North, with plenty to offer budding apprentices. The city is home to over 600 large businesses, and a Manchester apprenticeship offers entry into a plethora of diverse career opportunities.

Careers in Manchester

Manchester is the place to be for careers in technology, retail, and creative fields such as Media & Journalism.

You’ll find Media City Manchester apprenticeships and One Manchester apprenticeships to name but a few. 

Joining an apprenticeship programme can set you on the path  to your dream job in these industries and others.University of Manchester apprenticeships can provide a foot in the door for young people, and there are also plenty of Manchester apprenticeships for adults looking for a career change. 

As an apprentice in Manchester, you can expect to split your time between practical, hands-on work, and study. This best-of-both-worlds approach ensures that you gain new skills and knowledge each day on-the-job, while also cementing this knowledge with the latest training and theory.

Manchester is also home to many degree apprenticeships, allowing you to earn a degree while taking home an income, and no student debt!

Top employers

Manchester is home to some of the top companies to work for in the UK.

Celebrated for their apprenticeship schemes, some amazing apprentice employers include:

  • BBC
  • Accenture
  • Softcat
  • Microsoft
  • Boohoo
  • THG

Manchester apprenticeships can unlock the first step to a wide variety of exciting career opportunities.’

Industry spotlight

Retail Apprenticeships

Manchester is home to the Boohoo Group, owner of 13 leading fashion brands, including Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, Karen Millen, Nasty Gal, Coast, Oasis, and Debenhams, creating a fertile ground for retail apprenticeships.

Global companies such as Adidas, Siemens, The Cooperative Group and the Kellogg’s Company also have their UK headquarters in Manchester.

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Media & Journalism Apprenticeships

With both BBC Manchester Apprenticeships, and ITV Manchester Apprenticeships available in the city, those who wish to work in TV or broadcast journalism are spoilt for choice. Budding newspaper reporters are also in the home of the Manchester Evening News and close to several other regional publications.

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Construction & Trades Apprenticeships

One Manchester are just one organisation that covers engineering apprenticeships, offering a first step or a leg up on the ladder to a career in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering or many more sectors.

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Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships in Manchester

Manchester is a fantastic location for degree apprenticeships, partly because of the superb selection of universities on offer. To offer a degree apprenticeship, an employer must partner with a university to deliver it. As one of the North West’s premier cities, Manchester is a top choice for many large organisations. 

So, you get the best of both worlds, the opportunity to secure a university qualification (and take part in student life) while working and earning a wage. If you want to enjoy university without ending up in debt, an apprenticeship could be for you.

Earn and learn

What is an apprenticeship?

We like to think about apprenticeships as having four key benefits:

  1. Obtaining high-quality, practical, and specific on-the-job work experience.
  2. Gaining new skills, confidence, and qualifications.
  3. Growing your network and learning from experts.
  4. Getting paid a living wage while doing it.

Living and working in Manchester

Affectionately known as the ‘King of the North’, Manchester is a vibrant melting point of history, culture and growth. In fact, it’s one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe. 

From its beginnings in cotton mills to today’s thriving media and technology sectors, Manchester has always been a city of industry and ambition. 

It is also an inclusive city, with many ex-pats choosing to live and work in Manchester. An estimated 200 languages are now spoken in the city.

Some 120 million visitors flock to Manchester each year to enjoy live music, Premier League football and cultural attractions such as museums and art exhibitions The nightlife is second to none, including the iconic canal street ‘Gay Village’, while China Town and The Curry Mile represent just some of the many international food choices available. 

The beautiful Peak District, the Pennines, and the bright lights of Blackpool are all within easy reach. 

If you need to travel further afield, there are excellent tram and rail links, including direct to London approximately every 20 minutes. Manchester Airport is only a short train ride or drive away.

Kickstart your career

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Hands-On Experience

As an apprentice, you get the chance to learn from the very best in their fields. With a blend of in-classroom and hands-on training, Manchester apprentices really do enjoy the best of both worlds. Perfect for levelling up your skills and knowledge while staying financially solvent.

Earn While You Learn

All apprenticeships are backed by the apprentice minimum wage to ensure you are earning a decent, livable wage. Some employers may even offer more than the minimum wage to secure the top candidates.

Increasing Roles

More apprentice roles are being created every year. A government push, incentives to businesses such as the apprentice levy, and a concerted effort to close the ever-growing skills gap in the UK mean there has never been a better time to be an apprentice..

Level Up

UK apprenticeships fall into four categories: Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree. So, no matter what level of education you are currently at,   there’s an entry-level for you. 

Gain a  Degree without Debt

Earning a university degree without incurring any student loan debt may seem too good to be true, but degree apprenticeships make this a reality. All your tuition fees are shared between the government and your employer, so you graduate debt-free, often straight into a job.

No Limits

With different levels, sectors, and occupations, there is an apprenticeship to suit everyone. Those with an idea about the type of job they would like to do, have a head start but don’t panic if that’s not you. Take a look at our industry guides to see the different kinds of apprenticeships on offer, and research local companies to find out more. 

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