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 (https://amazingapprenticeships.com/vacancies/), 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.
National Apprenticeship Week 2021
- Let’s start with quick refresher on the basics of an apprenticeship: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/ask-all-about-apprenticeships/
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on employment nationally. Get updated on how it might affect apprenticeship recruitment:
- NAW21: How the apprenticeship landscape has changed? https://bit.ly/3ju6wNP
- For an overview about apprenticeships, visit the College website: https://www.hlcollege.ac.uk/apprenticeship-pages/589337247b73b/Apprenticeships-Overview
Which employers offer apprenticeships? Check out the big, national opportunities and then search locally too.
- Top 100 apprenticeship employers 2020 - https://www.topapprenticeshipemployers.co.uk/Factsheet_Top100AppEmp20.pdf
- National Apprenticeship vacancy website - This is the central place for all apprenticeship vacancies. Register, filter to your area and job interest and sign up for job alerts.
- College - For apprenticeships offered through the College visit:
Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes and there’s one out there that’s shaped just like you! Try the quick quiz and see if you can work out who the apprentice is:
- Uni or an apprenticeship?
Making decisions about higher education or trying for an apprenticeship is a big one. Watch this video to compare and contrast both routes:
- Degree apprenticeships - best of both?
Maybe a degree or higher apprenticeship is the best of both worlds. Check out the download info from UCAS and watch the video:
- What are degree apprenticeships? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8CrSf1uZgA&feature=youtu.be
A-Z: Let’s meet a range of apprentices from A-Z and get an overview of the roles they do:
- Degree apprenticeships: meet Bradley who is on an engineering degree apprenticeship: https://www.ucas.com/alternatives/apprenticeships/apprenticeships-england/what-apprenticeships-are-available/higher-apprenticeships
Apprenticeship vacancies can become available all year round, but for the larger businesses such as BMW, its often around this time that they open their apprenticeship application window.
Get prepared by watching this video on the range of recruitment methods employers use to select the right candidate:
For information on how to find an employer to support your apprenticeship, visit the college website:
For more information about apprenticeships, visit the college website:
For more information about career planning and career links, visit the College Careers webpages:
National Careers Week
Visit the NCW21 website to learn more about the featured employers: NatWest (Monday), Tuesday: Careers at Sea; Wednesday: Health Careers; Thursday : Skills Builder; Friday BBC