How to… Get an Apprenticeship

Anyone living in England between the ages of 16 – 24 and that doesn’t hold a University degree (or higher!) can apply for an Apprenticeship.

What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship combines gaining a formal qualification with “real-world” work experience. You will be given a wage of a minimum of £3.30xxx an hour (although many employers offer more than this) and will typically go to work for four days a week and attend college or visit a training provider on the fifth.

Is an Apprenticeship for me?
If you consider yourself to be a responsible person and able to use your initiative to work independently as well as working with others, then you may well be suited to an Apprenticeship. The hours can be long and you have to be sure that you are dedicated to your role and the industry you will be working in, in order to be successful.

What can I do an Apprenticeship in?
You can now do an Apprenticeship in almost any industry and in a wide range of roles including;
• Accident Repair (Body)
• Accident Repair (Paint)
• Accountancy
• Barbering
• Beauty Therapy
• Brickwork
• Business / Office Administration
• Carpentry & Joinery
• Catering & Hospitality
• Children and Young People’s Workforce
• Customer Service
• Driving Goods Vehicles
• Electrical Installation
• Engineering (Fabrication and Welding)
• Engineering (Maintenance/Mechanical Engineering)
• Environmental Conservation
• Graphic Design
• Hairdressing
• Health
• Health & Social Care
• Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
• ICT, Software, Web and Telecoms – Support Technician
• ICT Application Specialist
• Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
• Management
• Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair
• Nursery Nursing
• Plastering
• Plumbing
• Professional Cookery
• Process Manufacturing
• Retail
• Social Media
• Traffic Office
• Warehousing & Storage
• Web Design

What are the different levels of Apprenticeships?
There are Apprenticeships at different levels, depending on your existing qualifications.

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is at a similar level to GCSE’s and you most often will need to have already passed some GCSE qualifications (including English and Maths) in order to be able to apply for one. Whilst on an Apprenticeship at this level, you will study for an NVQ with Key Skills.

An Advanced Apprenticeship is similar to A-Levels and you will often need to have at least five A* – C grades at GCSE and have already have completed an Apprenticeship (see above). You will often study a Level 3 NVQ and a BTEC whilst on an Advanced Apprenticeship.

A Higher Apprenticeship progresses you on to a Level 4 NVQ and the company you work for may also offer you the opportunity to study at a university or college for a HND or Foundation Degree.

Where can I find an Apprenticeship?
The website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship shows all of the vacancies currently available in the UK! You will need to set up an account with this website and can set up email alerts for new vacancies that become available. You can also look for local training providers through a search engine such as Google or contact your local college to see if they offer courses in the roles you are interested in.

How Do I Apply For An Apprenticeship?

The application process for Apprenticeships can be quite lengthy and confusing. Every vacancy is different, but typically, the process you will follow will be;
1. Register with www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and / or training providers and upload your CV so that potential employers can get an idea of what you are like as a candidate.
2. Search and apply for any vacancies that interest you. At this point, you may be required to answer in writing questions about why you are interested in the vacancy and what career aspirations you have.
3. If you are successful, you may then be invited to attend an initial aptitude assessment (such as SelectAhead for Engineering) so that the employer can assess whether you have the basic skills required for the role.
4. If you pass the assessment, you will then be invited to a formal interview, which can take anything from half an hour to a full day. For the interview, you should have thoroughly researched the company you are interviewing with and have prepared answers to any potential questions.
5. Hopefully, celebrate being successful!