WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?


An apprenticeship is an in-depth work-based training programme linked to a specific job role.
 
As an apprentice, you’ll be employed in a real job – making a big impact on your workplace. Most of an apprentice’s time is spent getting hands-on in the workplace, but around 6 hours a week will be dedicated to training and development, these are called off-the-job hours.
 
These programmes lead to a recognised qualification. A Level 3 apprenticeship typically lasts between 12-15 months, with options to move onto a Level 4 programme, which can take between 15-21 months.
 
Apprenticeships are an amazing way to kickstart your career, blending a qualification with on-the-job work experience. They are a great fit for people who are motivated, love to learn, and are happy to take the initiative. On an apprenticeship, you’ll lead the way on your professional development, supported by your manager and apprenticeship coach.
 
An apprenticeship is a big full-time commitment. It’s really important that you choose an apprenticeship programme that you’re passionate about, with a company that you feel is a good fit for you.
 

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT HUB

Building your knowledge at the application stage can enhance your CV and make you stand out! To help you get started, we've put together some learning materials to help you develop your skills in the industry you're passionate about.

DIGITAL GARAGE

Master the basics of digital marketing with Google Digital Garage. This course contains 26 modules that cover different elements of digital marketing, based on real-world examples. 

CANVA

If you're interested in developing your design skills - get started with Canva Design School. We recommend putting your new knowledge to the test by getting creative with your CV!

HOOTSUITE

Ready to become a social media superstar? Hootsuite Academy offers a range of social media training courses to help you build new skills and stand out during the application process.

CodeCademy

Get hands-on with programming through a Codecadamy course. From your first lesson, you'll be writing real code using different languages - boosting your CV straight away!

GitHub

Ready to dive straight in to the world of coding? GitHub have you covered! Through these short courses, you'll develop in-demand skills and learn how to build your own website.

Mimo

Learn how to code on the go with Mimo. Through these bite-sized courses, you'll learn how to build your own landing pages and other web features. With these skills, your CV could stand out!

JavaPoint

Develop your knowledge in coding languages such as Python, PHP, Java and HTML! With these skills, you'll be well on your way to a career in software development. 

CISCO

Gain IT skills with Cisco Packet Tracer. With this network simulation tool, you'll develop networking, IoT, and cybersecurity skills in a virtual lab – no hardware needed to boost your CV!

LIFEHACKER

Ever wondered how to build your own PC from scratch? Well, Lifehacker has you covered! This complete guide helps you master computer hardware, a skill IT managers will be looking for!

INSTRUCTABLES

This handy guide covers the different components of a computer, along with a short video to help you learn the basics of hardware. Once you've finished learning, add your new knowledge to your CV!

Treehouse

Looking for Data Analysis courses? Look no further. These short programmes from Treehouse will equip you with the skills you'll need for data analysis - helping your CV stand out!

Kaggle

Kaggle has a range of free courses ranging from data visualisation to advanced SQL - and you'll get a certificate every time you complete a course! Don't forget to list your new certifications on your CV...

HOW TO WRITE A CV

Your CV is one of the most important parts of any job search – especially an apprenticeship! A CV gives you the chance to highlight all your knowledge, skills and experience in one place, and can help you stand out from the crowd.

It’s important that you take time to perfect your CV as it could be the difference in landing you your dream interview. However, we know it’s not always easy to get started.

If you’re about to begin writing or updating your CV, check out our top tips on what to include!

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CV TEMPLATE

Writing a CV comes with so many questions. What should I include? How should I structure it? How many pages should it be? Should I list all of my qualifications?

We understand that writing your CV can be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. That's why we've created this handy template filled with tips and tricks to help you create a stand out CV.

Get started by downloading our CV template below!

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How to Prepare for an Interview

So, you've applied for an apprenticeship and secured an interview - what's next? An apprenticeship interview is just like any other interview: preparation is key. To help you stand out during the interview process, we've created a handy video that covers our team’s top tips and tricks!

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GRADING & INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

For all of our apprenticeships, we ask for GCSE Grade 4/C or above in Maths and English. These requirements reflect the skillsets that are needed to successfully complete the training programme.

If you currently don’t meet these minimum grades, you can study for GCSEs or Level 2 Functional Skills through your local college or other training providers.

If you studied outside of the UK, we may need to verify that your qualifications are a suitable equivalent to our minimum required grades. To do this, you’ll need to apply for a Statement of Comparability from UK ENIC, the national agency for international qualifications and skills. This generally costs around £50 and you'll need copies of your qualifications to make an application.

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LOCATION & RESIDENCY STATUS

When applying for one of our apprenticeships, we need to make sure you can travel to work every day. We advise that candidates do not travel more than 45 minutes by public transport, or 15 miles by car.

Although long distances may seem achievable in the beginning, apprenticeships are a long-term commitment, and we often find travelling such a distance is not sustainable for the full duration of the programme. Long commutes can be particularly difficult as an apprentice, where transport costs may claim a significant portion of your wages.

Apprenticeship training is funded through the UK government. Therefore, there are some restrictions on who can be funded for an apprenticeship. To be considered for an apprenticeship, you must have the right to work in England and have an eligible residency status

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