How to Apply

Your starting point when searching for apprenticeship vacancies is the find an Apprenticeship tool: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Some employers will ask you to apply directly to them. If this is the case, you’ll be directed to the right place from the ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ results page. If you are interested in working for a particular employer, take a look on their website. Most businesses have a page on careers, apprenticeships or vacancies. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies on the UCAS website as well as many others.

When to apply – Unlike university applications, there is no fixed deadline when it comes to applying for apprenticeships. Vacancies appear throughout the year, so it is worth registering for alerts at gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship to hear about vacancies as they appear. Don’t wait until the deadline to make an application. Some companies close their recruitment as soon as they have sufficient candidates. As a general rule, vacancies with larger companies start appearing in the autumn, but the majority pop up from January or February onwards. Smaller businesses might start recruiting a month or two before the job starts, so if you hope to start work in August or September, you might start looking from Easter onwards. Do check start dates closely, to make sure you’ll have finished school or college. Start your research early – the sooner the better, so you have time to fill any gaps in your CV with the things employers are typically looking for (see page two), including getting some relevant work experience.

Stay focused – It’s really quite normal to have some doubts and nerves about the process, especially around spring-time, when your friends have their university offers and you might still be waiting to find the right vacancy to apply to. Don’t panic! Keep calm and focus on making a great application when the right opportunity arises. Remember this is a competitive process: you’re applying for a job, so make sure you sell yourself as best you can.

The recruitment process – There can be a number of hurdles to leap before you even get to a face-to-face interview: an application form, online tests, perhaps a phone or online interview, before heading to an assessment day. You might find that smaller organisations have a slightly more informal or personal process, perhaps involving an initial written application, followed by face-to-face interview stages if you’re shortlisted. Good luck!

(Source: Which? University)

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