To find a job in research in a university or the research department of a large business, you will need experience and/or at least five relevant GCSEs.
The jobs available at this level are similar to the support roles in education. For example, you could work as a trainee laboratory assistant, IT assistant or administration assistant.
Paid work is not always available, as funding can be dependent on grants from business and government. Offering to work voluntarily or looking for an apprenticeship (minimum wage) is a good way to get a foot in the door and give evidence for your CV.
The National Apprenticeships Service
NAS - Information and advice about becoming an apprentice
There are many job opportunities in the NHS in all sectors and apprenticeships are offered