Finding the right employer for you
As an Apprentice you will develop your skills on the job with your employer as well as receive off the job learning through your training provider. This could be one day a week at college or a more flexible model.
Click here to view and download the Guide to Apprenticeship Vacancies.
One of the most effective ways of finding an employer is through the National Apprenticeship Service. Here you can search Apprenticeship vacancies in your area in sectors that are of interest to you.
- Click ‘I’m looking for an Apprenticeship’ and ‘Register Now’, then enter an easily remembered user name and password.
- Complete all fields – when entering personal information use correct grammar including capitals and always check spelling
- Always include a telephone number, and ensure that you have an appropriate voicemail greeting
- Always include a suitable email address
- Once registered, an email will be sent direct to your email account. You’ll need to click the link to activate your account
- Once activated, complete all fields in the ‘My Profile’ section
- When searching for vacancies please read the vacancy carefully to ensure:
- the job role is suitable for you
- you can get there okay
- you have enough time to apply
- you’re happy with the wage.
- If you are interested in a vacancy, you can:
- print it
- save it
- apply now
- Answer all questions and expand on your answers by providing examples. Think about all your qualifications, experiences and personal achievements e.g. jobs, hobbies and work experience
- Double check your application for spelling and grammar and ask family or friends to check it too.
- Always remember the employer will see your application so be formal and sell yourself!
- When you are happy with your application click ‘Send’
- Follow up and manage your applications regularly – you can apply for up to ten vacancies at a time
- If you cannot find a vacancy which interests you right now, keep checking as other opportunities will become available
It is likely that you will be asked to attend an interview for the apprenticeship vacancy that you have applied for.
This guidance will help you prepare for your interview.
- Prepare – It’s important to prepare for an interview or assessment. You need to dress appropriately for the job role and look ready to start work. It is always better to be too smart than too casual.
- Research – Find out about the employer from their website and what the apprenticeship will entail. Create a list of questions that you could ask in an interview and make sure you read any information sent to you so you know what to expect. if you are unsure of anything… ask.
- Before the interview check the following
- Location – make sure you know exactly where you’re going. Print out a map and work out the best transport options a few days before.
- Confirm attendance – let the named contact on the vacancy know that you will be attending the interview. If you do need to change, they may be able to rearrange the date and time for you.
- Check the date and time – make sure you know when you’re meant to attend and who to ask for.
On the day
Arrive early – it’s really important to turn up. If you are unable to attend or you’re going to be late, let the named contact know as soon as you possible. Arriving early will give you time to gather yourself for a few minutes in reception and it makes a good impression.
Take relevant information with you – always take a copy of the vacancy, your application form and Record of Achievement or similar.
During the interview
- Be polite – at the end, shake hands and thank the interviewer for their time.
- Body language – it’s good to look upright, alert and keen rather than slumped. Eye contact is good too. It’s natural to feel nervous so take a few deep breaths to help calm yourself.
- Think first –it’s OK to pause and think before you answer any questions. Feel free to ask an employer to repeat a question or clarify if you don’t understand it.
- Be positive – be positive in the examples that you give in your answers, it’s about what you say and how you say it.
Things to expect
The interview panel could be any size from one to four people asking you questions.
You may be asked to tell the panel about yourself – think of hobbies, personal qualities. This is your time to sell yourself to the employer, don’t be shy!
If you’re required to complete a short task or test, you’ll be informed prior to the interview.
Ask for feedback
If you’re not successful on your first application, keep applying and don’t take it personally. Competition can be strong for apprenticeships in certain industry sectors. There are plenty of opportunities being added to the system all the time. Don’t limit yourself to one application.
If your application was unsuccessful, ask for feedback. It will help you work out what areas you can improve on and whether it’s interview technique or new skills you need to acquire.