Exploring opportunities: A guide on how to find an Apprenticeship

3 mins
February 15, 2024
The journey to finding your future career path might feel a bit like solving a puzzle. One interesting option to explore is the world of apprenticeships, where you can earn money while learning on the job. In this guide, we'll break down the steps to help you find an apprenticeship that suits what you’re interested in, and what you’re looking for.
1. Understand your interests and goals

Before diving into the search for an apprenticeship, take a moment to think about what you enjoy and what job you want in the future. What makes you excited? Maybe it's art, tech, or something else! Also, there are different levels of apprenticeships to consider, like:

  • Intermediate apprenticeships
  • Advanced apprenticeships
  • Higher apprenticeships
  • Degree apprenticeships

To find out what the different levels of apprenticeships mean, visit this website. Knowing what your priorities are will help you pick the perfect apprenticeship for you. Write it down or type it up—it's like making a map for your dream job!

2. Research industries and companies

Now that you know what kind of apprenticeship would suit you, you may be wondering how to actually find an apprenticeship. Start by looking at jobs and companies that match your interests. Check out workplaces that offer apprenticeships. Look at their websites, social media, and online reviews to see if they're right for you.

3. Utilise apprenticeship platforms

There are websites that list apprenticeship opportunities and make searching for an apprenticeship easy. Places like GOV.UK Find an Apprenticeship, UCAS and Indeed have special sections just for apprenticeships. Use these sites to find openings in your dream field, pick your location, and get email alerts for new opportunities. Springpod even has our own job board for apprenticeships for you to check out! 

4. Visit local job fairs and careers events

Keep an eye out for local job fairs and careers events, where companies often showcase their apprenticeship programmes. Bring your CV and talk to people from different companies. It's a relaxed way to find and compare different apprenticeships, and even make some first impressions. Most importantly though, you will be able to ask questions and get the answers that you need to make an informed choice.

5. Create an impressive CV and cover letter

When you're applying for apprenticeships, make sure your CV and cover letter show off your key skills, enthusiasm and suitability for the role. Read the apprenticeship description thoroughly, and try to reflect the required characteristics in your application. This will make it more likely that you'll get an interview.

Your apprenticeship – your future

Finding an apprenticeship becomes easier with planning. By understanding your goals, researching your options, using online platforms and customising your CV and cover letter, you can unlock a world of exciting apprenticeship opportunities. Remember, persistence pays off, and by following these key steps, you can be one step closer to a job that you enjoy with an apprenticeship.

To find out more about apprenticeships, visit the new Skills for Life website.

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