Finding an apprenticeship

  • Give yourself time to write a CV, you can use it to tell employers about your skills and interests. Ask someone you trust to read your CV and check your spelling and grammar.
  • Give yourself time to write application forms, and try to add information that will make you stand out so the employer notices you. Ask someone you trust to check your spelling and grammar.
  • Find out about each employer’s business and try to remember five things. At an interview, having this information will help you feel more confident.
  • Think about what questions you might be asked at an interview, and write down possible answers. It can be helpful to talk to someone about your ideas.
  • Find out what to expect at an interview.
  • Don’t wait – as soon as you have decided you want to do an apprenticeship, start looking on Help You Choose in Apprenticeships, Jobs and Training.
  • Larger employers often advertise on their website and have an early closing date (December or January) for applications.
  • Many employers and training providers will have minimum entry requirements, especially in English and maths, so try to get the best grades you can.
  • Don’t forget to contact training providers too – they work closely with companies who offer apprenticeships and know which companies will be looking for apprentices or offering traineeships.
  • If you don’t get a reply to your CV or speculative applications, contact the employer to see if they are recruiting.
  • Many young people have to apply to 50 or more companies before the get a place, as employers get lots of applications.
  • Apply to training providers and ask them to send your CV to possible employers who may be looking for an apprentice.
  • Do some unpaid work experience or volunteering as this will look good on your CV and could get you noticed.
  • Make sure you remember to add information into your CV about all your interests and any clubs you belong to.  This gives the employer a stronger idea about who you are as a person.
  • If you can, drop off your CV at the employer’s premises as this will show that you are really keen.
  • First impressions count so make sure you stand out for all the right reasons.
  • Apply for sixth form and college courses in case you do not get an apprenticeship place.
  • Many students do a year of college or sixth form before starting an apprenticeship.
  • It is much better to get more training and qualifications than being unemployed whilst you look for an apprenticeship.