Make society a better and safer place

Public services are critical, covering 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 and safer 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.

Teachers are in demand for pupils aged 3 to 19 years, and there are also teaching support apprenticeships if you do not want to go for full qualification. Aspiring teachers wanting to specialise in sport can use the supporting teaching and learning in physical education and school sport route, which will train you to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate sporting and physical education activity.

On the emergency services front, police constables are in demand. 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. There’s also a demand for people in other law enforcement roles, including intelligence analysis, which could see you gathering intelligence and information on tax evasion, passport fraud, people smuggling, organised crime or military deployments.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head