Finding an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity to gain practical skills, valuable work experience, and industry-recognized qualifications while earning a wage. If you’re considering embarking on an apprenticeship journey, it’s important to understand the application process and make the most of your chances. This short guide will provide you with some essential tips on how to apply for an apprenticeship.

If you’re thinking of doing an apprenticeship, in most cases, you have to find an employer that is offering an apprenticeship first!

Starting points and advice

The National Apprenticeship Service –  This is where all apprenticeship vacancies are advertised across all employers and training providers.

Weston College Apprenticeship Page –  Learners can explore different sector apprenticeships,  information on how to find an apprenticeship,  book a 1-1 Apprenticeship Careers Advice appointment,  search ‘live’ Weston college vacancies and read some student case studies.  It will also allow you to sign up to the vacancy mailing list so that they are kept informed of new opportunities:  APPRENTICESHIPS | Weston College

CV Resource – It’s really important to have a professional CV ready to send to training providers who are recruiting on behalf of employers or to employers directly.   CV’s still tend to be the first contact that an employer is looking for however there is currently a movement to move away from this method and video applications are becoming more popular. 

Careers Coach – For those learners who are unsure of their destination,  it can be useful to do an assessment to gain some insights and ideas about careers. Career Coach also have a CV builder:  Career Coach – Welcome to Career Coach (

Prepare for Interviews and Assessments – If your application is shortlisted, you may be invited for an interview or assessment. Prepare by researching the company or organisation offering the apprenticeship. Familiarise yourself with their values, goals, and industry trends. Practice common interview questions and consider how your skills and experience align with the apprenticeship role. Be confident, articulate, and professional during the interview process.

Stay Proactive and Persistent – Competition for apprenticeships can be high, so it’s essential to stay proactive and persistent. Don’t limit yourself to a single application; apply for multiple apprenticeships that interest you. If you face rejections, view them as opportunities to learn and improve your application. Consider seeking feedback to understand areas for improvement.