If you are looking to find the best Apprenticeship for your next step, we have made a quick guide to make sure you find and secure the right opportunity.
What do you want to do?
Before looking for an Apprenticeship you need to decide what you want to do. Such as what industry and your ideal role?
This can be really hard to pinpoint but have a think about subjects you enjoyed at school or hobbies that could be turned into a career. If you have an idea of what you want to do but want to get hands-on experience, find some work experience or look at completing a short course that will give you a taste of the industry.
For example, we offer a programme called Bootcamp which is a short government-funded course that offers you training in Coding & Web Design, Digital Design, Digital Marketing, and Digital Design. You receive an online delivered course, Professional accredited training, 121 training from a coach or mentor, and support into work from the award-winning creative alliance team including an interview for an Apprenticeship.
Finding the right opportunities
After you’ve decided what you want to do, it’s time to look for opportunities and apply.
There are multiple places to look but a great place to start is the government’s vacancy page (here). This will allow you to see opportunities from a range of providers and industries. Next, you want to look for specific providers in your area (we are an Apprenticeship provider based in the West Midlands but we work nationwide) and look at what they have to offer. Apprenticeships are like jobs so new opportunities become available all the time so keep checking!
Considerations When Applying
Before choosing what opportunities to apply for or which job offers to accept make sure you thoroughly think about it as it’s a very important decision.
When looking for apprenticeship opportunities, make sure you look for jobs that you are able to commute to. Post-pandemic some companies have introduced more remote working and in some companies, the role is entirely remote. So if you are looking for a completely remote job, it is possible, but keep in mind most companies will want in-office work so be prepared to commute. Therefore make sure that you look at how you will commute and how long it will take. A long and lengthy commute can really affect your life outside of work so it’s incredibly important to know what you’re getting yourself in for.
Every company has a different work environment and it’s incredibly important that you fit into that environment. Researching the company is the best way to get a sense of what the company is like. You can do this by looking at their social media accounts, website and the job description might hint at the company environment. This is a good exercise to do before participating in an interview as an important criterion for the interviewers will be finding candidates that will fit into their company. This means they will assess your personality, work effic, motivations and etc to make sure you will gel with other colleagues.
Role & Responsibility
Every job is different even if they have the same title. The roles and responsibilities will be similar but not the same therefore you must read carefully and assess if the opportunity is right for you. For example, if you do well working independently and in a small team, it would be best not to apply for jobs where you will be working as part of a big team.
An important factor that people overlook is their future plans. A majority of people who don’t have future plans will often take a job without thinking about where will it lead. It’s fine to be unsure because nobody knows what they will want to do in the future but it’s worth thinking about where this opportunity will lead.
An example of this would be if you worked as a digital marketer for a cafe it would be perfect if you then worked for another cafe/restaurant, as you have better insights into that industry. But it could be hard to move to another industry as you will not have had industry experience and other candidates might.
Before making a decision speak to friends and family about it as they can offer great guidance in making the decisions.
Here are a few resources to help you out!