Wanting to go straight into employment? It's best to get a job with training because employers are looking for more and more people with skills and qualifications.


What is an apprenticeship?


Job Offer + Training Offer = Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships combine employment with work based qualifications which are assessed by carrying out tasks in the work place.

Not sure if it's right for you? Watch the film clips to get a better understanding of what they are.

Apprenticeships Video 1

Apprenticeships video 2


Or try hearing from the horse's mouth by listening to these case studies.

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Apprenticeships allow you to:

  • Earn real wages
  • Gain new qualifications
  • Gain new knowledge and skills


To get in you will need:

  • To be aged 16-24
  • Willing to work and study
  • Different jobs will ask for different qualifications from C's at GCSE to no formal qualifications


Training can be:

  • Day release or block release.
  • In house or external.
  • At qualifications levels 1-4 so there will be the right level for you!

Traineeship - A possible first step to help you get work ready
Intermediate - Level 2 & Advanced Level 3
Higher Apprenticeship - Level 4



So, how do I apply?


When do you need to start applying for an Apprenticeship?

Finding an Apprenticeship job is different to applying to College or University. The jobs are not advertised on one date and they do not all start in September. Jobs are advertised throughout the year on the Apprenticeship Vacancy website. You will need to check the website regularly to view the different jobs available.


What if I have already found a job?

If you already have an employer in place who has agreed to offer you an Apprenticeship, they will need to find a training provider to support you with your training. Your employer will need to visit https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice or call the National Apprenticeship Service hotline on 0800 015 0400 to speak to someone for assistance.


Found your dream Apprenticeship but not ready to apply yet?

If you’re not ready for an Apprenticeship, but you see a job that you would love to apply for, make a note of the employer’s name and contact details. Get in touch with them and see if they might be willing to offer you some work experience, a tour of their facilities or even to shadow an Apprentice for a day. It will look great on your CV and there could be an Apprenticeship opportunity in the future that you could apply for with them.


How to apply?

There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.

  1. Search for an apprenticeship.
  2. Sign in or create an account.
  3. Complete and submit your application.

Where else are apprenticehsip vacancies advertised?

Employer wesbite: Sometimes employers will advertise on their own website so if you have a particular company in mind that you want to work for, it is a good idea to keep an eye on their jobs page. Try following them on Social Media.

Training provider webpage: Many training providers in your area will also have Apprenticeship job pages on their own websites.

Local Newspaper: Keep an eye on your local newspaper and their jobs websites.

Word of mouth: Make sure you tell everyone you can think of that you are looking for an apprenticeship. Quite a lot of apprentices about their Apprenticehsip through word of mouth and got ‘tipped off’ that their employer was recruiting.


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