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NAW21: How the apprenticeship landscape has changed?

For anyone researching and applying for apprenticeships, it is important to understand how the apprenticeship landscape has changed over the past few months – there are new processed and methods to prepare for.
Although there are still apprenticeship jobs being advertised, there is definitely less than usual. So, make sure you’re doing all you can to find the new vacancies; sign up to vacancy alerts, follow companies on social media, speak with family and friends, visit Vacancy Snapshot (, be proactive in approaching companies and asking for work experience and attend virtual open days to get yourself noticed by employers.
When applying for a vacancy, don’t wait until the deadline to submit your application – some employers and recruiters have expressed that they may decide to close recruitment early if they feel they have received a sufficient volume of applications. Competition for jobs is likely to increase, so submit your application as soon as you’re ready, but make sure you don’t rush it and take the time to check your spelling and grammar.
A lot of employers have told us that they have replaced traditional face-to-face recruitment with telephone/video interviews and sometimes online assessment centres. You will need to be ready for ‘virtual recruitment’ and ensure you know what to expect so that you stand the best chance of being successful – there are lots of resources available to help you prepare for these.
Your induction into the workplace might feel a bit different to usual, but it is great news that employers are finding new ways to start apprentices. For example, you may find yourself working from home one week, in the workplace the following week, in work bubbles or you might be working 100% from home or in the workplace.
Be sure to keep your options open and have a plan, A, B, C and D! One of the best ways to be resilient when plans change is to have other options lined up – always explore multiple options without judgment or prejudice. The range of options is now vast and really exciting!
It is important that as well as the more traditional options, you also make sure that you understand apprenticeships, traineeships, T Levels and FE College.
At some point you will need to make a decision about which path you want to follow but remember that it’s ok to change your mind too. Whatever path you decide to follow, you will want to know that you’ve given it your best shot. If you’re struggling or not enjoying it, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Make use of the support networks around you too. Your school/college will have a Careers Leader who you could speak to. There is also the National Careers Service who offer free of charge information, advice and guidance.

Date: 8/02/2021