Apprenticeships and Job Hunting

What is an apprenticeship?

With an apprenticeship you learn and gain qualifications while you are working and earning money.  You will spend most of your time with your employer and about a fifth of your time at your 'training' provider learning the 'theory bit'!  In most cases you go to college one day a week, but you may go on block release several times a year.  There are even some apprenticeships where you spend the whole of the first year away from home learning the theory before going back to your employer.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are for students who want to work hard and are ready for work.  They may provide an alternative route to your dream job.

What levels are they?

Intermediate - you will usually need Ds in your GCSEs for these.

Advanced - you will need at least Cs in your GCSEs.  They are equal to two A levels.

Higher - you will need high grades in your A levels as they are very competative.  They often pay salaries in the range of £13,00o to £18,000.  National Grid start their Higher Level Engineering Apprentices at £23,000.

National Aprrenticeship Service
Find out about apprenticeships and find vacancies at
Search for apprenticehsip and traineeship vacancies  
Jobs and apprenticeships now get put on the UCAS site as well.  This link sets up email alerts for jobs matching the criteria you specified.  
Education Business Futures offers apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire.  They employ the apprentice, arrange the training and place them with an employer.  These vacancies do not all appear on the national site.  
Apprenticeship vacancy finder from New College Nottingham   Apprenticeship vacancy finder from New College Nottingham  
From apprenticeships to debt-free education, there are literally thousands of other opportunities out there. The Not Going to Uni team are here to help you find apprenticeships, college courses or work experience to start building your future.
Not Going to Uni – the one stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs.  
Careermap is a website for 16-24 year olds looking for a pathway into employment. The Google Maps interface on the site is super easy to use. The Careermap team recognise the first steps in your career can be confusing, so they keep it simple from the off!

They support over 70 FE Colleges and Training Providers across the UK. In March 2015 they also activated recruitment campaigns for BT, Carillion, Prudential, British Gas, RBS, Rolls-Royce, Volvo and The BBC.

Paid to Learn is a dedicated website for apprenticeship vacancies and careers advice for young people aged 16-18 in the UK.  You can apply for current apprenticeships online or register your details for future apprenticeship vacancies.  It has information about choices after GCSE’s and ;ocal appretniceship vacancies, along with tailored help and advice on CV writing, interview tips and general information required when applying for your first job after school.  
Training provider for Automotive, IT, Hospitatlity, Business and Health and Social Care apprenticeships.  
Takes you straight to the apprenticeships section of the Rolls Royce website.  Keep your eye on this as they have early closing dates, often mid to late October.  
A Short Guide to Apprenticeships from the Nottinghamshire Training Network   Guide to apprenticeships from NTN  
Take a look at this Infographic with lots of facts and figures about apprenticeships.  
Top Tips Fact Sheet from national site  
School leaver checklist for securing an apprenticeship  
Guide to apprenticeships 2015 from the national site.  
How to write a winning application  
You can log on here and answer lots of questions about the type of job you would be suitable for - use your username for the school network and the password 'password'.  You can change this once you're in.
You can also use it to research jobs
Find recruitment links through Facebook.  
Link to a list of organisations to follow on Twitter  
Link to list a list of apprenticeship and job hunting apps.  




Published on  June 23rd, 2017