Intermediate Apprenticeships - What industries can I work in?

  • Billy Sexton
  • 14 May 2020

Intermediate Apprenticeships are equivalent to GCSEs and are a career option for students leaving school. You might have heard the stereotype that apprenticeships are only available to students interested in a career in manual labour, but this is far from the truth.


Intermediate Apprenticeships exist in all industries, although some industries may have more opportunities than others. The UK Government has set a target of getting three million more apprenticeship starts by 2020, and Intermediate Apprenticeships are the second most common apprenticeship available.

What do the statistics say?

The government publish the number of apprenticeships started every year, so it’s easy for us to know what industries take on the most Intermediate Apprentices. Here’s the data for the 2018/19 academic year.

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care - 4,043
  • Arts, Media and Publishing - 75
  • Business, Administration and Law - 27,923
  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment - 12,958
  • Education and Training - 1,873
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies - 23,545
  • Health, Public Services and Care - 32,862
  • Information and Communication Technology - 3,983
  • Leisure, Travel and Tourism - 2,723
  • Retail and Commercial Enterprise - 33,605
  • Science and Mathematics – 23

There are four industries that cover over 80% of all Intermediate Apprenticeship starts, so let’s drill down into these further to see more detailed information and give you an idea of what sector you could be working in as an Intermediate Apprentice. Retail and Commercial Enterprise is broken down by:

  • Hospitality and Catering - 11,274
  • Retail and Wholesaling - 6,778
  • Service Enterprises - 10,452
  • Warehousing and Distribution - 5,101

Health, Public Services and Care is the second industry for most Intermediate Apprenticeship starts. These are broken down by:

  • Child Development and Wellbeing - 7,627
  • Health and Social Care - 20,303
  • Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine – 38
  • Public Services - 4,894

Next up is Business, Administration and Law, which is made up of:

  • Accounting and Finance - 2,522
  • Administration - 22,172
  • Business Management - 2,905
  • Marketing and Sales - 324

Finally, Intermediate Apprenticeship starts in the Engineering and Manufacturing industry are broken down by the following sectors:

  • Engineering - 4,655
  • Manufacturing Technologies - 11,665
  • Transportation Operations and Maintenance - 7,225

How can I find the right Intermediate Apprenticeship for me?

Every Intermediate Apprenticeship follows an Apprenticeship Standard. Apprenticeship Standards show, in detail, what an apprentice will be doing in their day-to-day job role. Each Standard lists the skills required of apprentices and every standard is written by a group of employers that are specialists in their sector.

You can browse all the Apprenticeship Standards on AllAboutSchoolLeavers and you can filter by industry and level. This will make it easy for you to find an Intermediate Apprenticeships in your chosen industry. Remember though, just because an Apprenticeship Standard exists, doesn’t mean that there are employers currently recruiting apprentices in related roles.

Apply for an Intermediate Apprenticeship

If you know what industry you want to work in and which Apprenticeship Standards are best suited to you, you can apply for an Intermediate Apprenticeship here.

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