Specially adapted for Covid-19 circumstances
Are you interested in becoming an apprentice?
We have a range of apprenticeships to get you started in a variety of industries including:
- Early Years
What is an apprenticeship?
It's a real job, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You're treated like other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.
When you're an apprentice:
- you get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of your time spent in off the job training at college
- you train to be fully competent in your chosen occupation
- you're on a career path - with lots of future potential
How do I become an apprentice?
First, you will need an employer. This might sound challenging at the best of times, but despite Coronavirus, there are still opportunities out there. As the economy starts to pick up more employers will need apprentices.
All of the employers we've spoken to, who were named on apprenticeship applications to the college said that they are still intending to take on an apprentice. So, we’re feeling positive and are here to explain the various ways you can still secure your apprenticeship.
1. How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
One way to find your ideal apprenticeship is by registering on the Find an Apprenticeship website and search for vacancies based on your location and how far you can travel to work.
You can apply online for vacancies and providing the College is the *nominated training provider, our team will receive your application and continue the process with you. We will do this in the following way:
(*scroll down to the bottom of the vacancy to check.)
If you contact us BEFORE submitting your application, we can check your written draft with you and suggest any possible improvements.
Note: Once you have submitted your application it cannot be amended.
2. Confirmation of your application
Once we receive your online application from the Apprenticeship Service, we will check that you have met the employer’s criteria and then contact you to discuss the vacancy in more detail.
If you have not met the criteria, we will still contact you to discuss other options.
This practice interview is an opportunity to ask us for any advice you may think you need before we put your application forward to the employer.
If your application is successful the employer will offer you an interview directly or ask us to arrange one with you. This will probably be through Skype or similar, so you will have had the chance with us first to be prepared.
5. You've got your apprenticeship!
If the interview is a success we'll be in touch to discuss your next steps.
If you weren't successful at the interview, we will ask the employer for feedback which will help with your next application.
Finding an employer
Here are our Top Tips to help you to improve your chances of finding an employer:
- Check for apprenticeship vacancies at large companies or public sector organisations, such as local councils and health authorities.
- Ask your family, friends or local firms who have job vacancies if they're willing to convert them into an Apprenticeship.
- Send speculative applications to any companies that you’d like to work for. Many companies will be closed and working from home, so emailing may be the best option in the first instance.
Get to know companies
- Check out company websites as everything that a company is proud to display will be on there. Their recruitment section may describe the type of people they’re looking for. Any social media they use will also give you an insight into a company.
- Keep an eye out for trade journals, business magazines and the business sections of local papers, as they will have articles about local companies.
- Remember what you have researched - this will sound impressive when you get to speak to someone at the company.
Try work experience (if this is feasible)
Ask an employer if you can do some work experience, once business returns to normal. This will give you the opportunity to get your foot in the door and show your work ethic and eagerness to learn. It will allow both you and the employer the opportunity to see whether you are the best fit for the organisation and ensure you like the job.
Demonstrate your personality and talents
- Write a CV showing what you can offer an employer, including things like being able to work as part of a team and being punctual and eager to learn. Voluntary work and part-time jobs should always be included as this is valuable from an employer’s point of view.
- Stand out from the crowd - in the right way! Whether you knock on doors, call people or write to them, make sure you look and sound smart.
- Show examples of things that you do in your spare time. If you are a practical person you can use photos to help people relate to you.
Make a good impression
- Ensure you check your spelling and grammar in any correspondence you send to an employer - first impressions count!
- Many employers will check your social media, so get rid of any embarrassing pictures.
- Looking smart goes a long way if you meet an employer in person. Dress a touch more formally than you would for your actual job when the time comes.
- Try and act confidently, smile and show interest in what you are being asked, even if an interview is conducted via phone or Skype.
- Prepare a mini script before you call anyone, to avoid getting tongue-tied.
- If you get an appointment to visit a company, find out who you’ll be meeting and search for them on LinkedIn – you’ll feel more confident if you’re chatting with someone that you know something about.
If you have found an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice, or feel you need any help or advice with your approach, application and/or interview preparation, we have a team to help you.
Call us on 07792 039731 and we’ll talk you through all aspects of applying for apprenticeships.