How do I become an apprentice?
First, you will need an employer. This might sound challenging at the best of times, but despite Covid-19, there are still opportunities out there. As the economy starts to pick up more employers will need apprentices. All 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.
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
One way to find your ideal apprenticeship is to register at the government's ‘Find an apprenticeship' webpage 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.
The college is a large employer and has its own apprenticeship vacancies which you can see via the button below.
Note: Once you have submitted your application it cannot be amended so please ensure you double-check spelling, punctuation and fill in all relevant information including predicted grades when necessary.
Confirmation of your apprenticeship 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.
Pre-interview with the college
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.
Interview with the employer
If your apprenticeship application is successful, the employer will offer you an interview directly or ask us to arrange one with you.
This will probably be through Microsoft Teams or similar, so you will have had the chance with us first to be prepared.
You've got your apprenticeship!
If the interview is a success, the next stage is to apply to the college by clicking on the button below, selecting the appropriate apprenticeship from the drop-down menu and following the instructions to complete the application form.
Note: If you weren't successful at the interview, we encourage you to ask the employer for feedback, which will help with your next application. You can also talk to us about the interview so we can help too.
I have found my own apprenticeship employer!
A lot of our apprentices have found their own employer - whether it be through family, friends, work trials or contacting employers in their local area to see whether they would be willing to support their apprenticeship. If this is the case, then all that’s left to do is to apply via the link below.
You will be asked to select your chosen apprenticeship from the drop-down menu and provide both your details and those of your employer. Once you've submitted your application we will contact your new employer and discuss the commitment aspect and what the next stages will be. You will also receive confirmation of your application and we will write to you about what will happen next.
We look forward to welcoming you onto campus soon as an apprentice!