Design apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the design sector.

This apprenticeship covers all the main design areas, from graphics to product design.

Training opportunities

The nature of your apprenticeship will depend on your employer but you could work in one of 4 major areas:

  • graphic and multimedia design in the media industry
  • interior design as well as construction-related industries including kitchen and bathroom design
  • fashion and textile design in the clothing and fabric manufacturing industries
  • product design in the manufacturing industries, from packaging to furniture design

You’ll assist a designer or design team and build specialist skills. This apprenticeship focuses on the more artistic design roles and doesn’t include job roles in engineering or technical design.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of design apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

You could train in roles like:

  • design assistant/trainee
  • trainee technical illustrator
  • trainee technical graphic design assistant
  • junior artworker

Advanced level apprenticeships

You could train in roles like:

  • desktop publishing assistant
  • technical illustrator
  • junior graphic designer
  • junior product designer
  • assistant copywriter

Apply for a design apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education
Published 12 April 2012