University and Careers

How to find an apprenticeship

Competition to secure an apprenticeship place is becoming increasingly fierce and many of the UK's leading employers now offer apprenticeships, therefore it is vital that students research all their options very carefully. There is additional information for students on the 'Student Resources' section of the website.

Before students apply for apprenticeships, it's important to know what employers in their chosen field will be expecting of them as well as what each specific apprenticeship will involve.

As apprenticeships are open to a broad range of applicants, with some stipulating no more than being over the age of 16 and not in full-time education as entry requirements, employers aren't necessarily looking to hire candidates with the most prior work experience or highest level of qualification.

The student's ability to demonstrate hard skills, such as IT literacy or grasp of a second language, and soft skills, such as excellent communication and organisation - as well as their career ambitions - will be highly valued. For instance, they don't need to have had an office job to apply for an HR apprenticeship - they will be able to impress if they discuss the time management and organisation skills that they picked up completing school work whilst managing a busy co-curricular schedule.

Students should search for apprenticeships on individual employers' websites, by checking the opportunities listed on the government apprenticeship, Unifrog and UCAS websites or by using some of the links on the following pages.  Some employers may not display their opportunities, so by making speculative applications to specific companies they'd like to work for, students can prove that they are driven, confident and have fully researched the company.

By doing the research students will have a clearer picture of how to make a good impression, which will vary depending on the level of apprenticeship they are applying for - for instance, to apply for a degree apprenticeship they will usually need at least two A-levels and some relevant experience.