National Apprenticeship Service

National Apprenticeship Service


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informative , inspiring , practical

Who we are

We are the National Apprenticeship Service and we are here to champion Apprenticeships as a route to building successful and sustainable careers and a skilled workforce for the future.

We provide a dedicated service for employers and learners, working with employers to help more of them take on apprentices and ensuring more young people and adults are able to benefit from Apprenticeships.

Our areas of expertise

Is an Apprenticeship right for you?

If you are looking for a job that enables you to carry on learning, or are already in employment and want to gain further qualifications, you should be considering an Apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship mentors on Horsesmouth are perfectly placed to help you decide if an Apprenticeship is the right option for you. They come from a range of sectors and organisations – so can advise you on a particular course or industry or help you with general issues. They have volunteered their time on Horsesmouth to offer advice based on their own experiences.

Do you want a mentor with relevant sector experience?

The Apprenticeship mentors on Horsesmouth come from a range of industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing, digital economy and creative industries, business and professional services, energy and environment, construction, life sciences and engineering.

We’ve made it easy for you to find mentors in a particular sector so that you can talk to someone who has the most relevant experience for you.

Do you want someone to talk to during your Apprenticeship?

Our peer mentors can help give you informal support and practical guidance during your Apprenticeship. You may want to turn to a mentor if you’re having to make a difficult decision, or just to get support from someone who has ‘been there, done that’.

You can talk to the Apprenticeship mentors anonymously through Horsesmouth, at a time that is convenient for you. All interaction takes place through the safe and secure platform.

Why we're on horsesmouth

We have been a partner of Horsesmouth since 2009 and have already seen how valuable the service has been, helping hundreds of mentees across a range of industry sectors.

We want to build on the service to allow more people in, or considering Apprenticeships, to be able to access this valuable peer support.

More information

Visit: Apprenticeships

Featured mentors

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Latest Mentor Shout Outs

Need someone to talk to?

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Latest Pearls of Wisdom

Life is not lost by dying

"“Life is not lost by dying;
life is lost minute by minute,
day by dragging day,
in all the small uncaring ways.”

– Stephen Vincent Benet..."

What is online mentoring?

If you've lived, you've learned...and you've probably got a story to tell. Mentoring online is the perfect way to share your hard earned-wisdom with those who can benefit from your experiences and knowledge, all in a supportive, safe and secure online environment. It takes seconds to sign up and you never know who you might meet!

Can't find the right mentor? Just send a request!

If you've tried using search and browsed the profiles on our site but can't find anyone who's quite right for you, send a request for a mentor to the whole community. You'll get some good responses and one or two may turn into mentoring relationships.

Other users say...


I am very lucky to have found your website. Recently I wrote about a problem which I face very often.... There were 10 responses from 10 mentors. They have really explained to me and made me understand that I do not have any problem. Your services are wonderful and I am very much thankful to all of you.

I have been mentoring on HM for 18 months. I really enjoy it & hopefully I am helping other people. Recently I posted my my first 'request for a mentor'. I have been completely bowled over by the response. So many people taking their time & making the effort to offer constructive advice in a friendly polite manner. For me it completely validates the intent behind HM. It reminds me how many good, helpful people there are out there. Thanks for providing such a great service.
'I called out for mentor assistance a week or so ago.

I have been inundated with unbelievably helpful replies, and now have a toolkit to draw on to start turning around behaviours and mind-sets that have been detrimental in my life.

I just want to thank Horsesmouth and all the amazing people who reached out to me.  Each and every one of you has given me something to think about, and some have given me heaps of material with which to start working.  Now I need to do the work! Thank you so much!' 

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