An apprenticeship will help you to earn a career

Public services are critical and include education, fire services, police and many more besides. People who work in public services go home at the end of the week with more than just a pay cheque. They know their work helps other people and makes our society a better place.

Apprenticeships in this sector cover a broad range of roles and careers, including teaching, firefighting, and housing the homeless. In such a large sector, working environments and the skills you need will vary, but there is a broad slant toward helping people, whether it’s learning to read, saving lives or finding someone a place to sleep.

There are 30 apprenticeships in this sector. New for 2018 is the teacher degree apprenticeship, which will train you to teach pupils from aged 3 to 19 years. There are also teaching support apprenticeships if you do not want to go for full qualification.

On the emergency services front, the police constable degree apprenticeship is new for the year. As an apprentice, you’ll train in the exercise of wide-ranging powers to maintain the peace and uphold the law across complex and diverse communities.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in public services if you enjoy helping people, physical activity and aren’t afraid of accountability. Jobs can be highly demanding, but the rewards are many

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in public services include:

  • English
  • PE
  • ICT
Further reading

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Apprenticeships in Public services

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Cleaning and environmental services apprenticeship

The Cleaning and Environmental Services apprenticeship has two pathways: Cleaning, covering many aspects of professional cleaning, and Local Environmental Services,

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Community safety apprenticeship

The Community Safety apprenticeship is designed to train people to advise communities on safety issues. The main focus is on minimising

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Court, tribunal and prosecution operations apprenticeship

The Court, Tribunal and Prosecution Operations apprenticeship will give a broad understanding of the Civil and Criminal Justice System and a

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Custodial care apprenticeship

Custodial care services play a crucial part in the day-to-day running of the Justice System. At Intermediate Level, apprentices support

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Employment-related services apprenticeship

Employment-related services describes the delivery of contracts or services that help people into employment, or support them to sustain an

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HM Forces apprenticeship

HM Forces continually recruit young people from all walks of life who are interested in securing a career within the

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Operational delivery officer apprenticeship

Operational delivery officers have the vital job of keeping the country running, supporting the needs of the most vulnerable individuals

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Policing apprenticeship

The Advanced Level Policing apprenticeship, developed with the support of the Royal Military Police (with involvement from other Defence Police

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Professional development for work-based learning practitioners apprenticeship

The work-based learning industry employs 30,000 people in England, as staff in personnel and training departments, and as tutors, assessors,

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Providing security services apprenticeship

Security officers are generally responsible for protecting people and property from injury, loss or damage caused through theft, vandalism, fire

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Security systems apprenticeship

Skilled engineers who can install and maintain security cameras, intruder and fire alarms and card-access systems are in demand in

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Supporting teaching and learning in schools apprenticeship

Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by supporting pupils, parents and colleagues

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Witness care apprenticeship

The aim of witness care units is to provide a single point of contact for victims and witnesses, minimising the

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