When you know which Apprenticeship/s you want to apply for, it's time to fill in an application form. You can apply online, or fill in a paper form which you'll find at the back of the School Leavers' Prospectus. Forms are also available from the College or your Careers Teacher.
If you are not sure what you want to do, or you want to keep your options open, you can apply for more than one Apprenticeship and have more than one interview, just enter all of the information on one application form. The most important thing is that you eventually enrol on the right Apprenticeship!
Although you are not required to produce a covering letter and CV, it is useful to have one as employers are likely to expect to see them on the application. See our example cv for what you are expected to include.
If we have all the information we need on your application form, we will invite you to attend an interview. The sooner you return your form, the sooner you will receive an interview, and as a general rule, these are held at least once a month and sometimes more often. The interview and a presentation about your subject will give you more information and make sure you are considering the right course for your future. Your parents/carers are welcome to come with you. If available, it will be beneficial for you to bring a copy of your certificates and if the Apprenticeship/Traineeship is technical/talent based, you may be asked to produce a portfolio of work. You will be notified of any items you are required to bring prior to the interview.
Part of the application process, is to complete an Initial assessment. This will provide the College with an indication of your career interests and your aptitude and motivation for training. The assessment includes an interest profile and three reasoning assessments. It is not an exam and there is no pass or fail. Training providers use the assessment (along with other information), to enable you to be referred to the most relevant area and level of training.
If you have already found an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice then just fill in a College application form, and the College will arrange for one of our Training Assessors/Officers to visit your workplace and check that your job role fits with your proposed Apprenticeship programme.
If you haven’t found an employer yet, continue to complete the application form. There are staff available at the College to help you find employment and may be able to put you in contact with a relevant employer.
Tips for finding an employer
- Look on the Apprenticeship Vacancies website.
- Look in local papers and search employer websites for vacancies.
- Ask family and friends if they know of any employers who might be interested in taking you on.
- Visit employers’ organisations, to ask them directly if they might have a suitable vacancy.
The most common College attendance is a day release, where the Apprentice/Trainee will be at College one day a week and at their workplace for four. Other modes of attendance are also possible for specialist courses, or if the learner is further away, such as block release, where the Apprentice will be at College for a longer period of time. Some Apprenticeships are carried out entirely in the workplace, with the support from an Assessor.
Advice and Guidance
There are lots of people who can provide you with help about applying to College. Your School Careers Teacher is trained to give you careers advice or if you think you need some one-to-one advice, we have staff trained to offer impartial guidance. Just call 01278 441234 to make an appointment.