Dexter's Apprenticeship guide

Finding an apprenticeship can seem daunting to begin with, not knowing where to look then not knowing how to filter your choices.

First of all you need to limit your search to a few subject areas; do an apprenticeship because you want to get into the industry, not just because you feel like you have to or don’t know what else to do. This could lead you to your career for life so pick something you’ll enjoy.

My main search engine was the government apprenticeship website, however other sites like Indeed can be useful. You should also ask around as people you know may be aware of someone offering an apprenticeship in your desired field. 

When searching make sure you can easily travel to the location of the apprenticeship, but try and expand your search as far as possible as this creates more opportunities.

Only apply for the apprenticeships that catch your eye and make sure you research the company well before hand. Many apprenticeships go through a provider and it is most likely these are the people that will get in contact with you once you’ve submitted your application. You can expect an interview over the phone to begin with, which may lead to a face to face interview and then, if you’re successful, an interview with the company.

Once you have applied for an apprenticeship answer all unknown number calls in a professional manner as you never know who’s on the other end of the phone! Be prepared for some challenging questions, but be yourself and this is where you can show off your prior research. For any interview, you should dress appropriately, normally in a suit or shirt and tie, but it may vary depending on the job position. 

Not only should you research the company you’ve applied to, but you should also research the provider as these are the people that carry out the training and in the long run provide your qualification. Some providers are bigger than others and some have more experience. Try and find one that has good feedback, but also provides apprenticeships with lots of companies as this makes it easier for you. However if there’s one role you really like the sound of, don’t be put off by the size of the provider, as long as they are reliable. You may need to apply for multiple training providers and this process can be long and repetitive, but it will all be worth it.

Just remember this can be a time consuming process and you will have to check the websites for apprenticeships near enough daily as the best apprenticeships go quickly, but this may be the path to you future. Since starting my apprenticeship at Edge I haven’t looked back and can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Reasons to do an apprenticeship

•Earn while you learn - research also shows that an apprentice can earn almost £4,000 more than graduates per year in their first job.

•No debt - those who started university in England in 2015 could well face a debt of £30,000 by the time they graduate.

•Practical and relevant experience - the modules you decide to study will provide you with the essential knowledge you need for your future career.

•Strengthen your CV - with an apprenticeship, you will have gained at least a year in the industry, picking up practical working knowledge and skills that will be attractive to any employer.

•Build your contacts 

•Gain a nationally recognised qualification 

•Low or no cost - If you’re between the ages of 16 and 18, training and qualification costs will be 100% funded by the government.


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