Apprenticeships are a great way to gain work experience and a qualification whilst earning but it is important to do your research into how to find the perfect apprenticeship for you!
With over 250 different apprenticeship frameworks you can study a qualification in almost any sector so with all this choice, finding the right one isn’t easy. First of all you need to sit down and figure out what career you want to get into; think of all the subjects you liked at school, or the parts of your work experience you enjoyed the most or even your family’s careers that have always interested you. Writing this all down will help you find out what career is best for you; websites such as the national career service, local job centres or even your school career advisor could help you gain an insight into your chosen pathway and help you understand what you need to do to get into that sector.
Now you have picked an industry you want to work in you can find an apprenticeship that matches. There are many online platforms and organisations that are willing to help but before you start applying make sure your CV and covering letter are up to date.
Apprenticeships.org is a website dedicated to apprenticeships so getting registered on this site should be your first step. There are other channels focused on apprenticeships such as notgoingtouni, E4S and getmyfirstjob that advertise vacancies from a variety of different providers so remember to set up alerts on these platforms to get daily update emails on the latest roles.
It is not only job boards that can help you find an apprenticeship; look into what training providers or agencies are available in your area and contact them directly. They might not have your dream apprenticeship advertised but that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to help you. Providers and agencies will be working with many different companies and they could help you find the perfect apprenticeship; so email them your CV and covering letter telling them what types of role you are interested in and don’t be afraid to call them to introduce yourself.
When searching for apprenticeships online don’t forget to use social media. If you want to work for a specific company why not check out their Facebook or twitter pages for updates on their latest vacancies; this is also the same for colleges, providers and agencies but remember even though you’re on Facebook you need to remain professionally when responding to a post or vacancy.
Doing all these steps should mean you’re successful in finding the perfect apprenticeship for you and starting your career.