Further and higher education, skills and vocational training

University and college qualifications. Apprenticeships, traineeships and internships. Funding for further education providers.


  1. Recruit an apprentice

    Advertise apprenticeship vacancies and manage applications. This service is for training organisations, not employers

  2. Find a traineeship

    Apply for a traineeship in England - get ready to work or an apprenticeship

  3. Courses and qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds

    Find out what vocational or academic courses and qualifications are available at schools, colleges and sixth forms in your area

  1. Find a regulated qualification

    Check if a qualification is regulated and what level it is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

  2. Find an internship

    Use the Graduate Talent Pool to find internships if you're a new or recent graduate in the European Economic Area (EEA)

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Find an apprenticeship

    Register your profile, search vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship - you must be 16 or over

  2. Become an apprentice

    Becoming an apprentice - what to expect, apprenticeship levels, pay and training, making an application, complaining about an apprenticeship

  3. What qualification levels mean

    Find the difficulty level of a qualification and compare qualifications across different countries.

  1. Search for apprenticeship standards

    • Detailed guide
    • Institute for Apprenticeships
  2. Employing an apprentice

    How to take on an apprentice as an employer, what's expected of you and what funding you can get.

    • Guide
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News and communications

  1. Digital and science engineering to be taught at new college

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  2. Letter to awarding organisations: qualification type

    • Ofqual
    • Correspondence
  3. ESFA Update: 13 June 2018

    • Education and Skills Funding Agency
    • Correspondence
  4. Northern Powerhouse Minister calls for ‘Ivy League of the North’ to rival the best universities in the world

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Education, and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
    • Press release
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Policy and engagement

  1. Insolvency regime for further education and sixth-form colleges
  2. Improving further education workforce data: call for evidence
  3. Implementation of T Level programmes
  1. Institute for Apprenticeships: strategic guidance 2018 to 2019

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
  2. Apprenticeship reform programme: benefits realisation strategy

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
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  1. Vocational qualifications dataset

    • Ofqual
    • Statistical data set
  2. Vocational and other qualifications quarterly: January to March 2018

    • Ofqual
    • National statistics
  3. Labour market information (LMI): 2016 to 2017 data

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  4. Graduate outcomes (LEO): postgraduate outcomes in 2015 to 2016

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  5. Welfare and duty of care in Armed Forces initial training

    • Ofsted
    • Research
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