Fantastic Schemes and Where to Find Them

'You're a wizard, Harry.'

'I'm a what?'

Iconic words. Fantastic words, you might say. 

21 years after J. K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and after 8 films and a stage play, the newest instalment of the Fantastic Beasts saga is here... Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

We thought it would be the perfect moment to bring you a (Potter-themed) guide to the fantastic options available to you after you leave school or college. 


Who are they for?

Aged 16 +

What qualifications will you get?

  • Intermediate apprenticeship (level 2) → NVQ Level 2 and a knowledge-based qualification (such as a BTEC Diploma and Certificate) → equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • magic
    Advanced apprenticeship (level 3) → NVQ Level 3 and a knowledge-based qualification → equivalent to 2 A levels
  • Higher apprenticeship (level 4/5/6/7) → NVQ Level 4, Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree 

More and more students are taking the apprenticeship route after they have finished their GCSEs or A-levels. When you think of an apprentice, the mind tends to picture a young person in a hi viz vest, overalls and a hard hat, probably called 'Terry'. 

No more. Apprenticeships have changed, and are available in wide-range of industries, from accounting to engineering, law to IT. Apprentices study towards valuable qualifications, while they work full-time with an employer. All apprentices receive a salary, while avoiding fees and student debt!

As Ronald Weasley would say – bloody brilliant.

For more advice on the different types of apprenticeship and how to apply, hop onto your broom and fly over to our Guide to Apprenticeships

Where to find them?

We have vacancies for all levels of apprenticeships in a wide range of industries...

Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6/7)

Who are they for?

18 +

What qualifications will you get?

Full Bachelors or Masters degree

Did you know that you could get a fee-free university degree, while working full-time for an industry leading company? Degree Apprenticeships are government funded, and have been developed through a collaboration between universities and the Tech Partnership.

You will graduate with a degree, and 3-5 years of practical work experience with one of UK’s top employers. Degree apprentices split their time between work and university, and receive a salary for the duration of the course. Tuition fees are covered by the government and the employer. 

Check out our in-depth guide to degree apprenticeships to find out the full story. It’s a chamber of secrets.

Where to find them?

If you're interested in getting 3-5 years of professional work experience and a tuition-free degree, check what degree apprenticeships we have available below...


Who are they for?


Traineeships are designed for anyone between the ages of 16 and 24, to help them learn essential employability skills that will help them find a career. A traineeship will help you acquire the skills that employers look for in apprentices, graduates and future employees.

These are flexible programmes that focus on literacy and numeracy, and can also include work experience placements. If you leave school without the grades for an apprenticeship, a traineeship will qualify you for an intermediate level scheme. 

Check out our traineeships guide, it’s got more charm than Ginny Weasley.

Where to find them?

Traineeships are a great way to get onto the apprenticeship or career ladder, so check out our vacancies below!

Fantastic schemes, and you can find vacancies for all on RateMyApprenticeship. If Harry, Ron and Hermione hadn’t been searching for Horcruxes after they left Hogwarts, they would have applied for an apprenticeship. 

Who knows, in the next Fantastic Beasts film, Newt Scamander might be searching for an apprenticeship instead of magical creatures. It's unlikely, but J.K. Rowling might surprise us all.

Start your own apprenticeship quest today!