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Just got your GCSE Results? Then  an Apprenticeship may be the best route for you!

You don’t need to make a decision right away – think about the possibilities that are open to you.

We offer Apprenticeships in various levels in:


Apprenticeships are a great way to achieve your career goals and enable you to start earning at a young age. In some sectors, young Apprentices will progress quickly into well-paid jobs.

Many of the most highly qualified people you will meet in your life will tell you that some of their best and most lasting learning was gained at work and in real life practice. Just to give you a sense of just how popular they are, there were over half a million apprenticeship starts in England last year.

Through an Apprenticeship you can earn, learn, gain a qualification and find out if your chosen occupation is really for you and easily change direction if you need to. There are so many Apprenticeships to choose from covering 170 industries and 1500 different job roles.

At Acacia Training and Development (ATD), we have many years’ experiences of delivering high-quality ApprenticeEmail: enquiries@acacia.ac.uk.

So to find out more about how one of our Apprenticeships might work for you contact Annie 0800 090 2155 or email: apprenticeships@acacia.ac.uk

We are local

We cover the South West of England and have centres in Plymouth, Taunton, Exeter, and Roche in Cornwall.

Sector Work Academy – Get a feel for a new Career (Only available in our Plymouth Centre)

We offer work academies in :

  • Care
  • Retail
  • Cleaning

Are you interested in working in any of the above? If you are aged 19 and over and claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or ESA or unemployment related UC you could be eligible to attend.

A work academy can last up to six weeks and has three key components.

  • Pre-employment training – this is delivered in a local class
  • A work experience placement – with a local employer
  • A job interview – for a real vacancy

This is a great opportunity for you to develop your skills, gain a qualification and try out working in your chosen sector. Contact Melanie on 01752 505002 at the  Plymouth Centre for further information as this, and many other courses for job seekers, are running regularly to meet the high demand.

The National Living/Minimum Wage rates from 1 April 2020 are:

£8.72 per hour for over 25 + year olds

£8.20 for 21 to 24 year olds

£4.55 per hour for 16 to 17 year olds

£4.15 per hour for apprentices (*This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. Last update April 2020).

Acacia Training Tuesday Work Club helps jobseekers of all ages

We run our Work Club at our Plymouth Centre. Our friendly and experienced staff are on hand to support your individual needs as a jobseeker. The club give you the chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job-hunting experiences, get advice on interview techniques, CV building and even volunteering opportunities.

Even if you have a job, you may know someone who can benefit from our Work Club, so please encourage them to come along.

Volunteers needed! We are also interested in hearing from anyone wishing to help out on a voluntary basis.

The Work Club runs on a Tuesday on a weekly basis. For further details please contact:

Plymouth – Melanie  on 01752 505002