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Are you interested in earning a wage whilst learning in the workplace? We have put together some tips to get you started and give you the best possible chance of securing your ideal apprenticeship.

  • How to find an apprenticeship employer

    How to find an apprenticeship employer

    To get started in an apprenticeship, you need to find an employer!
    Where to begin鈥

    • You can view our list of vacancies or get in touch with our brilliant Apprenticeship Team for support and 1-1 advice This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Search for vacancies advertised by employers using the government listing website 鈥 you can filter by keywords, location and apprenticeship skill level.
    • Do some research and/or ask family or friends if they know anyone in a relevant sector who might be interested in taking on an apprentice 鈥 pick up the phone and be proactive and available

    Can鈥檛 find a vacancy or employer?

    If September comes and you have had no luck finding an employer, don鈥檛 worry!
    You will automatically receive a place on the full-time vocational course and can transfer to the apprenticeship route if you find an employer once you鈥檝e started.

  • Top tips to writing a standout CV

    Top tips to writing a standout CV

    Our useful tips will help you to get started to create a CV that secures you that first interview!

    1. Tailor it 鈥 make sure you only include information that is relevant to the job you are applying for
    2. Update it 鈥 remember to add new skills, qualifications and experience to your CV so it best represents your ability. Don鈥檛 forget to update your contact details if they change 鈥 and use a sensible email address!
    3. Be honest with it 鈥 it isn鈥檛 worth the risk of lying!
    4. Keep it short 鈥 use positive language, ensure it is clear to read and don鈥檛 go over two sides of A4.
      Make sure you include the information below, and don鈥檛 be afraid of using bullet points!
    • Name
    • Contact details
    • A personal profile 鈥 including your hobbies and interests
    • Secondary education and qualifications/predicted grades
    • Overview of work experience 鈥 starting with most recent
    • References on request

    Think you鈥檝e got no experience or skills?

    Everyone must start somewhere 鈥 big up transferable skills, such as time management, good communication and being able to work as part of a team.
    Being part of a sports team shows you are a team player and babysitting demonstrates you are responsible and reliable! Check out our skills checklist below

    Do you
    鈥sually arrive at school and your lessons on time? Punctual and reliable
    鈥lways hand your homework in on time? Well organized and have good time management
    鈥ick things up quickly? A quick learner and a good listener
    鈥ake contributions to a conversation in class or with friends? A confident speaker and have good communication skills

    You are
    Punctual and reliable
    Well organized and have good time management
    A quick learner and a good listener
    A confident speaker and have good communication skills

    If you really feel you are lacking, do something to show you are gaining experience, e.g. volunteering for a local charity or business.

  • Meet the apprenticeship team at college

    Meet the apprenticeship team at college

    Well done 鈥 you have reached the next stage in your apprenticeship application!
    We will be providing the training for the apprenticeship vacancy you have applied for so, first things first, we鈥檇 love to meet you and talk you through the programme and the expectations of the employer.
    This is simply to make sure the apprenticeship is a good match for your interests and hopes for the future. You will also be able to ask any questions and get to know the tutor.
    It isn鈥檛 a formal meeting so please come in something you feel comfortable in, and feel free to bring someone with you. If you can鈥檛 attend, please let us know (mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    What鈥檚 next?
    We will let the employer know if we think you are ready for the apprenticeship, and if you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend an interview with the employer.