Thousands of Brits take on apprenticeships in a whole range of sectors every single year. However, the apprenticeship world has recently taken a hit: while in 2016 it wasn’t unusual for over 100,000 people to take up apprenticeships every quarter, at the end of the 2017 school year just 48,000 people did.

Given this level of change, it’s wise for those who are looking to go down the skills or work-based learning route to start thinking about alternatives - and going abroad to take on an apprenticeship is a great option for those who are a little adventurous.

British apprentices are already leading the way on the world stage - and if you’re keen to not miss out, here’s where you can go to make the most of the whole world of work out there.

Visit Thailand

Thailand has lots to offer those who are looking to develop work-based skills in the arena of conservation.

Zoos in Bangkok city centre offer training schemes for budding animal managers, while Bangkok also makes a great starting point for those who want to head out into the nearby countryside and work in locations like elephant sanctuaries.

By opting for an international apprenticeship in a field like this, you’ll be giving something back to the world as well as investing in your own career.

Go to New York City

Apprenticeships in a city like New York are available in a whole range of industries, but it’s particularly common for work-based learning to occur in industries like fashion and media.

NYC is a hotbed for both of these, of course, so there’s a lot of positions - although competition for what is there is tough. And with lots of things to do in New York City, you’ll never be bored in the evenings or at weekends.

Enjoy Canada

As one of the world’s most highly liveable countries, Canada is a great place to spend some time.

As The Independent reports, trends in the country’s local economy and its demographics mean there may well be a spike in demand for organic, locally-sourced food in the coming years.

So for those apprentices who have an eye on the future, Canada may well be the place to go if you’re looking for international experience in either agriculture or food supply.

When it comes to international apprenticeships, there are a lot of destination choice on offer.

From big cities like New York to countryside locations for farming opportunities, the world truly is your oyster.


All it takes is a bit of hard work to find the right place, and you’ll be off.

Chrissy Hatfield, Freelance Writer and Editor

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