Apprenticeships aren’t just in construction anymore, you can now do an apprenticeship in over 170 industries, from GCSE level all the way up to Masters degree level. Here’s 10 of the most unusual apprenticeships you can do.
Clay Modelling Apprenticeship
Don’t let the title fool you, you won’t be working with playdoh. Clay model apprentices work with their hands to create 3D clay models for current and future car models, working for companies such as Aston Martin and Nissan. You’ll spend your time creating models to develop solutions for problems and design proposals. Apprenticeships are available from Intermediate level to Higher level, with varying entry requirements.
Are you a beer snob with a passion for craft beer and microbreweries? If so a brewing apprenticeship may be for you. During a brewer apprenticeship you’ll learn about beer production, regulatory requirements, and how to use equipment to make beer. You’ll have the chance to design new brewing techniques and work on new products from idea to launch.
No two days are the same in a brewing apprenticeship, you might be packaging beer into bottles, cans, and kegs one day, and weighing and mixing ingredients the next. This is a real job with real responsibility, with lots of opportunities for development and further training.
Formula 1 Engineer Apprenticeship
Put your engineering career in gear by taking a Formula 1 Engineering Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available in a variety of areas designed to train you for a career working as a vehicle technician, service advisor, and a parts advisor. Big names like Ferrari, Red Bull, and McLaren F1 regularly recruit bright apprentices with a passion for the racing industry.
If you like working with your hands and solving problems, an apprenticeship in boat making might be for you. During this apprenticeship you’ll learn how to manufacture and assemble boats such as yachts, workboats, and super yachts, as well as learning how to repair existing boats. You’ll also learn carpentry, electrical, and welding skills and learn how to read and interpret technical drawings.
Boat building apprenticeships are available all over the UK, and tend to be in locations close to the sea/rivers such as Devon, Southampton, and Falmouth. Entry requirements vary depending on the level of apprenticeship, most ask for GCSEs in Maths and English. You can either start the apprenticeship through a college or directly with a company like BAE Systems and Berthon Boat Company Ltd.
If you’ve always dreamt of designing your own necklaces, earrings and rings, why not take a jewellery apprenticeship? Throughout your apprenticeship you’ll hone your design and craftsmanship skills, learning how to engrave and enamel jewellery by hand and with machines, and discover how to set gemstones. You’ll be able to create your own designs along with working with clients to follow their briefs, and bring their ideas to life. Jewellery apprenticeships are available across the UK at colleges, academies, and bodies such as the British Jewellery Academy, National Association of Jewelers, and The Goldsmiths Centre.
Space Tech Apprenticeship
In a giant leap for mankind you can now do a Higher (Level Four) space technician apprenticeship, designed to equip apprentices with the necessary knowledge and skills for a career in spacecraft manufacturing and satellite integration.
Lifting off in January 2021, apprentices will now be able to gain the technical expertise needed "to help unlock the secrets of our solar system”, and will be trained in areas such as problem solving, design, spacecraft manufacturing, satellite integration and testing.
While it may seem like a job from the medieval times, there’s still a demand for skilled blacksmiths in the 21st century.
Blacksmiths are skilled craftsmen who design and forge metal components together to make a wide range of products, including furniture, tools, iron railings, and even swords! During your apprenticeship you’ll learn how to use a wide range of tools and machinery such as tongs, anvils, power hammers, drills, milling machines, and chisels.
Martial Arts Apprenticeships
Kick off your career with a martial arts apprenticeship. You’ll be able to develop your practical skills in your chosen martial art along with learning how to run a martial arts business. You’ll undertake training coaching and leading sessions, and also create programmes tailored to clients.
There currently aren't any active martial arts vacancies, but keep your eyes peeled as the Apprenticeship Finder tool is constantly updated with new opportunities.
Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) Apprenticeship
A challengingOME apprenticeship equips you with the skills needed to carry out a range of scientific, engineering, technical activities to work in the specialist field. You will develop analytical skills along with evaluative and interpretive skills to propose solutions to problems. Past apprentices have gone on to work in a number of industries such as defence, military, security, nuclear services, chemical, commercial, and government bodies.
Entry requirements for OME Apprenticeships vary with the level of apprenticeship, but most require at least a C in GCSE Maths and Science. You can do an OME apprenticeship from level 2 all the way up to degree level, with an accredited apprenticeship by the Institute of Explosive Engineers (IExpE).
If you’re fascinated by florals this may be the apprenticeship for you. Floristry apprentices create beautiful arrangements for all occasions, from bride’s bouquets, to centerpieces, to shop window displays. Floristry apprenticeships prepare you for a career was a florist,
This apprenticeship is far more than just arranging flowers, you’ll learn how to design arrangements, and develop an in-depth knowledge of plants and flowers. Depending on the level of apprenticeship you take, you’ll also learn how to run a floristry business, learning how to process payments, manage stock control, marketing and design.
You can do a floristry apprenticeship at a small local business or a large boutique, or even at The Savoy Hotel!
This article mentions just 10 of over 140 different areas apprenticeships are available in. You can explore different apprenticeship opportunities across the UK by using our Apprenticeship Finder tool which matches you with vacancies meeting your criteria.
By Clarissa Ducie