Finding an apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are a great way to combine working with studying, allowing you to prepare for a career while earning money at the same time. There are more apprenticeships on offer now than there ever has been, and the number of opportunities available is set to increase even further in the coming years. But where can you find out about them?
Apprenticeships: search and apply!
Your first port of call should be the government website which features a useful search facility for finding apprenticeships. It’s easy to use and anyone can access it to search by industry and geographical location, but you will need to create a user account to file an application. You can also receive email alerts when apprenticeship vacancies become available. On average, there are 23,000 apprenticeship opportunities listed on the site every month.
There are numerous other websites that advertise apprenticeships, a notable one being notgoingtouni.co.uk. Some sites list the same information, so it’s best to find one that suits you and bookmark it in your browser to you can check it regularly.
There is also an app made by Prospect Union which uses data from the above sources to allow you to search and apply for apprenticeships on your phone. It also offers general advice and support for new apprentices. The app is available from the AppStore and Google Play store.
Offline and local opportunities
Make sure you are aware of the opportunities in your area. Many local providers such as colleges and training companies will advertise apprenticeship vacancies. Bear in mind that you may have to travel or relocate to find the right apprenticeship for you.
Lastly, there are many apprenticeships fairs around the UK which offer a variety of opportunities. These events provide a chance to have a one-to-one discussion with employers and training companies actively looking to recruit apprentices. There are annual apprenticeship fairs in many big cities around the country, such as the National Apprenticeship Show which visits half a dozen different UK regions.