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Finding an Employer

So you’ve chosen an industry and you think an apprenticeship might be for you. What next? You need an employer and there are a few ways to get one:

Approach them Directly

You can contact an employer to see if they would like to take you on as an apprentice. They might not know that they need an apprentice until you contact them! Remember that you are hoping that they will take you on as an employee, so act professionally, make a good impression. If you can, find out a bit about the company first by visiting their website and preparing what you want to say.

Remember there are other attributes that employers value, such as:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Willingness to learn
  • Reliability
  • Punctuality
  • Responsibility
  • Working as part of a team
  • Good sense of humour
  • Working on your own initiative

Call the College

Many businesses contact HLC to find them an apprentice that would be suited to them, so there might be just the right job for you. Get in touch on 0800 032 1986 and we can advise you on the next steps like sending us your CV and possible interviews.

Look for Adverts

Some companies advertise apprenticeship vacancies and they are looking for people like you to join their business. This could be in local press, national press, at job fairs, through recruitment agencies or online through sites such as:

The College shows some vacancies on this website - see current vacancies

The Government’s job search site

The Apprenticeship Guide

The National Apprenticeship Service

Current Employer

if you already have a job your employer might consider taking you on as an apprentice. If they need to find out more, direct them to the National Apprenticeship Service website for more information.