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Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. As an apprentice you can receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Key benefits

  • Earn a Salary
  • Get Paid Holidays
  • Receive Training
  • Gain Qualifications
  • Learn Job-specific Skills 

The National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service has information about Apprenticeships for potential apprentices, employers and parents. They also have information on a whole range of apprenticeships on offer in the biosciences. Animal Care, Environmental Conservation, Horticulture and Veterinary Nursing are just a few of the biology related apprenticeships that you could undertake. 

Apprenticeships can be found by searching the internet for areas which interest you. A few examples of useful websites for finding Apprenticeships in the Biosciences can be found below:


Cogent offer apprenticeships in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and have useful information on their website. They have a range pathways designed to offer apprentices choices so they can select a training programme that best fits business needs:

Cogent have interactive career paths which you can follow to find out the entry level, key skills needed and the salary and conditions for each apprenticeship.

Case Studies of apprenticeships can also be found on the Cogent site.


T- levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. They are part of a comprehensive reform of technical education, purposefully created to address identified skills gaps in key sectors. T-Levels deliver the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to perform successfully in the sector.

T-Levels establish clear employment pathways into the science sector and provide 20% on the job experience. For more information visit

Watch the World Skills UK Spotlight Talk on STEM Apprenticeships.