The Highcrest Academy



The Highcrest Academy is committed to ensuring our students have access to the widest possible range of information and support to help them plan their future careers. We see apprenticeships as an essential component of this. For many students an apprenticeship where they can earn while they learn is a great alternative to traditional University applications. There are now an increasing number of higher and degree apprenticeships that give students the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure a successful career and they end up with a degree or other higher- level qualification but no debt.

The Academy works with a range of external businesses and agencies to raise awareness of the exciting and credible range of opportunities offered by apprenticeships. There are currently published standards for 541 different types of apprenticeship qualifications ranging from golf course greenkeepers to air traffic controllers and from nursing to visual effects technicians on films with more than 200 more being prepared.

There are now official specifications for a broad range of Apprenticeships in different sectors to ensure their quality. You can check them on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website which also has details of the new T-Levels qualification.

Start here for a general overview:

General Overview of Apprenticeships

Information for parents

Government Website:

This is the Government Apprenticeship Website

It has a wealth of information.  Students are encouraged to visit this website and register their interest in apprenticeships and search for suitable opportunities.

Other sources of information on Apprenticeships:

Amazing Apprenticeships

A comprehensive website with sections for parents and students. It includes a library of video interviews with employers and their apprentices and a section with details of the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Sessions include broadcasts from major companies involved in Accountancy, Law, Healthcare, IT, Construction, Financial Services, Retail, Hospitality and Engineering


Most people think this is only for University applications, but it has now been expanded to include a wealth of other material including information about alternatives to Universities, apprenticeships, student finance and resources to help you find a perfect career.

QA Apprenticeships

QA specialise in Apprenticeships the world of technology and business. Interested in cyber security, IT systems, web development, digital marketing, business administration or data analysis? Have a look at their website. Apprenticeship opportunities in these sectors are offered along with general advice and guidance.

Rate My Apprenticeship

Includes Industry Guides, a “Top 100” Employer List based on student feedback and a free downloadable Guide to Careers Options