At Street League, we support unemployed 16-24 year olds to find a sustainable career, including employment, apprenticeships, traineeships, college and other more specific training programmes.

We believe apprenticeships are an excellent way to start your career given that they allow you to earn while you learn, combining on the job training with further study (usually one day per week).

What is an apprenticeship?

To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An apprenticeship gives you both by combining on the job training with study (usually one day a week) meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships, you can even get a degree.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.

If you have no work experience on your CV, or you’d like to get a taster of a particular job or industry, you might like to consider work experience or an employability programme first.

Key benefits of an apprenticeship?

street league apprenticeship benefits

How do I get an apprenticeship?

  1. Check your eligibility (below)
  2. Find an apprenticeship vacancy
  3. Submit an application

Am I eligible for an apprenticeship?

Under 16 with no GCSEs If you have completed your Year 11 statutory schooling but are not yet 16, you can still start an apprenticeship. Why not take a look at what an apprenticeship can do for you, and the many opportunities available right now. STREET LEAGUE EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMMES 

16 and over, 
with GCSEs below C

You could be ready for some apprenticeships, but you might benefit from doing an employability programme or traineeship first.

An employability programme is ideal if you are motivated and want to gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for. It usually lasts between eight to twelve weeks and combines developing key employability skills with mock interviews, C.V. workshops and work experience.

You will learn crucial skills like teamwork, communication and how to make a good first impression.

Street League Employability programmes

Government Traineeship

16 and over, 
with GCSEs A*-C?

Good news. You could be eligible to do an apprenticeship. For an advanced apprenticeship, most employers require five GCSE passes (or equivalent*) or an intermediate apprenticeship. For a higher apprenticeship, most employers ask for A Levels (or equivalent*) or an advanced apprenticeship.

If you’d benefit from work experience or job application support, a traineeship or employability programme (above) may help you prepare for an apprenticeship.





Street League gave me the motivation to better myself. They gave me the confidence to believe in myself after so many failures in my life. The staff care and I know they always believe in me, even when I find it hard to believe in myself. They created a plan for me that I could follow, and gave me the skills to present myself to the best of my ability. Every day I came I always left happier than when I arrived.

- Moses succeeds in TFL Apprenticeship, London. Read full story here.

I applied for a couple of apprenticeships but it's really hard to get into them. It was pretty demoralising. My confidence went down. Street League helped me with my confidence, the way I would approach management in a workplace and the way I would present myself, and just helped me try to make a good first impression. It helped me with the confidence side of things. 

- Leanne gained support getting a Digital & IT apprenticeship with Hub Digital in Scotland

- Stephen says thank you to Street League for support getting into construction.