Find an Apprenticeship: Steps for Success

Written by Luke Kitchen

Apprenticeships are a great way to find your first job and learn new skills, but they can be hard to find. That’s why we’re here to help! There are a lot of apprentice schemes out there, but you need to find the right one for you. This article will provide you with the tools that you need to find an apprenticeship that suits you. We’ll go through all of the steps necessary so that you can make sure it goes as smoothly as possible and get started on your path towards success! 

Know What You Want 

First of all, it’s essential to figure out what you’re looking for and who might be able to offer the apprenticeship that would suit your needs. Are you looking for a particular role or a role within a specific sector? Are there any companies or organisations in particular that interest you? It’s essential to have a clear idea of what you are looking for. 

Once you know which type of apprenticeship is right for you, it will be easier to find the perfect apprentice role! It might take some time and research, but it’ll be worth your while in the end. 

Talk to Your Institution’s Career Advisor 

If you are still at school or college, make sure to talk to your career advisor. They will provide some insight into apprentice schemes and advise on the best way to find a suitable apprenticeship. If they have any contacts in the sector that interests you, then it’s worth making enquiries so that they can help put you in touch with the right people. 

If you’re at university, many institutions have a careers department that can help find apprentice opportunities that perfectly match your needs and requirements. You might even be able to get advice from tutors or lecturers if they are in contact with companies that operate apprenticeships schemes too! 


Networking will be vital in finding an apprentice scheme that suits you perfectly. Don’t limit yourself to just asking for advice from people in your institution, though – if there are companies or organisations which interest you, then get in touch with them. 

Don’t be afraid to get in touch and ask for advice or information – there’s no harm in asking! People will generally be happy to help you out if they can, so just pick up the phone, send an email or even message them on social media. 

Search for Openings Online  

There are a lot of apprentice schemes out there, and it can be hard to find them all. Fortunately, you don’t have to look for openings manually to register your interest – most companies will advertise their apprentice opportunities online so that they’ll get the attention they deserve! 

Apply Online  

Once you’ve found an apprentice scheme or apprenticeship role that looks like it could be perfect for you, it’s time to apply. The application process for apprentice schemes is often very similar, so you won’t find it too complicated! You will usually need to submit a CV and cover letter, but most companies ask the same questions to ensure that your skills are suited to their roles. 

Use Initiative  

Even if there isn’t an apprenticeship role advertised at a company you are interested in, it never hurts to give them your details. Sending your CV and an appropriate cover letter will show the employer that you are passionate about their company and willing to use your initiative. Some smaller companies don’t advertise apprenticeship positions- they rely on recommendations and word of mouth. If your CV lands in front of them at the right time, it might well help you get your foot in the door. 

For more tips on applying for an apprenticeship, visit our page. You can find out what opportunities are available to you on our jobs board. Alternatively, contact us with any queries. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news and information from Employing an Apprentice. 

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Last Updated: Thursday August 4 2022
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