Once you’ve searched and found the right apprenticeship for you, you can get on with the application process.
If you haven’t found your ideal apprenticeship yet, you can search for the latest apprenticeship vacancies by job title or employer, or just browse to see what’s available in your area.
You can then manage your applications and even get alerts about new apprenticeships.
WAIT FOR THE APPLICATIONS TO BE SHORTLISTED
If you haven’t applied for many jobs before, this can be the nail-biting bit, where you’re waiting to hear back from the employer. Sometimes it might help to check when the closing date was for applications – this should give you a clue as to when they’ll be in touch.
It’s a good idea to apply for more than one apprenticeship vacancy at one time. Try and get a number of applications to potential employers; that way you’re increasing your options and not waiting for a response from one employer.
If you don’t get an interview, don’t take it personally. It’s usual to apply for a number of vacancies before you find the right apprenticeship for you. This happens to everyone and it’s part of the normal process.
IF YOU’RE ON THE SHORTLIST, YOU’LL BE INVITED FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH THE EMPLOYER
This first interview could be an online chat or video call, rather than a face-to-face one. Remember to brush up your research into the organisation for each stage of the interview process.
When looking for work online:
On business networking sites like LinkedIn, you can promote your skills and develop relationships that can lead to finding unadvertised vacancies.
You can find jobs in national papers as well as local and regional papers.
You can find advertised jobs in industry journals or trade magazines for your area of work. With these publications you’ll often find:
Expanding companies might particularly welcome speculative applications so they can fill their vacancies without needing lots of adverts.
National Careers Service
Staff at Apprentice9ja! offer careers advice interviews, and they may also know which employers in the local area are recruiting. These may be ‘earning and learning’ training vacancies such as apprenticeships or job vacancies.
Contact a National Careers Service adviser to make an appointment or to speak to an adviser.
Organisations employ recruitment agencies to find suitable people for their vacancies. They may specialise in temporary work, permanent work or specific sectors.
Agencies can be useful to help you find jobs that aren’t advertised to individuals online or in the press. They take a fee from the company that hires you, so they should be motivated to find you a role.
BEWARE OF RECRUITERS GUARANTEEING EMPLOYMENT IN EXCHANGE FOR MONEY.
When choosing which agencies to approach, check their websites to see if they have the type of vacancies you’re interested in. You can sign up with more than one agency – this way you’ll get access to more jobs.
When using an agency:
List TWO jobs for the price of ONE.