Do you want to be an apprentice?
We work closely with employers to create apprenticeship opportunities for school & college leavers. Which is good news for you if you want to be an apprentice. Whether you’re ready to work now, or need to complete education first, we’re on hand to help you get the position you’re looking for. Please visit our registration page to begin the process.
Maybe you’d like to see the vacancies we have to offer? Visit this page to browse the current list. Alternatively, if you don’t find something for you within our own vacancies, you can also search for suitable apprenticeship vacancies on Indeed from here too. Perhaps you aren’t sure what you’re suited to. If this is the case, please visit our page on How to Choose a Career first.
Perhaps you are looking for support in creating and promoting your CV. If you seriously want to be an apprentice, having a CV you can send to employers will help you become one!
Are you thinking of not going to university?
Not so long ago anyone who wanted any kind of meaningful career would have applied to university through the UCAS system, studied, gained a degree and then probably entered the world of work through an employer’s graduate scheme. Now things are not so clear cut…
For instance there’s the student loan to repay. The current average graduate debt according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies currently stands at £44000. Depending on the study you read, graduate starting salaries are typically around the £20000 mark. This scenario has led to a rise in advanced & higher apprenticeships which are now offering a real alternative to university.
Here at The Apprentice Finder we take the business of helping you get your ideal apprenticeship very seriously. With access to a wide range of employers who we talk to on a regular basis, we have the knowledge and experience to help you get in front of your dream employer as we know first hand what they will be looking for in a candidate. Many of our candidates enter into Accountancy (AAT), Financial Services, Digital Media or Software Developer Advanced Apprenticeships. All of these lead to positions that typically attract £25-30000 as an average salary once qualified so as you can see, there is another way…
If you’d like a career in one of the above occupations, please get in touch on 01484 90 70 80. We’d love to make it happen for you. We mainly work with 6th form students in schools to help them understand what they need to do in order to be successful. You could be an apprentice instead, and find you get the career you want without getting into debt.
We get to know you…
We take the time to get to know you so we can develop your CV and write your covering letters that show you in your best light. We have an excellent track record of grabbing the attention of the employers you want to work with so that they want to meet you. We then give coaching sessions to make sure you perform at your best when you meet the employer to ensure that they want to work with you too.
The Apprentice Finder will contact you as and when suitable job roles become available.
Are you in work but looking to build on your skills?
If so, The Apprentice Finder is able to help. In consultation with you and your employer, we will find qualifications and a training provider to deliver the qualification in your workplace. Many of the schemes are fully funded by the Skills Funding Agency, so you will not have to pay for the training delivery. In order to register interest, either click on the email link above or phone the team on 01484 90 70 80.
So, what is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a programme which combines work, learning and earning. They are nationally recognised programmes that have been designed by people who understand the needs of employers.
Apprenticeships are an integrated programme of learning that combines on the job practical skills with off the job underpinning knowledge. They can open doors to a bright new future, they are challenging but rewarding. There are many types of apprenticeships depending on the occupational sector. Apprenticeships train you in the skills of the employment you are seeking.
Apprenticeships are nationally designed work-based training programmes. They offer an important opportunity for learning and development usually at the start of your career. They will provide you with the relevant skills and knowledge whilst gaining experience in your job. It is the first step towards a long-term career, enabling to you to progress in the industry.
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
The National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more, so just because you want to be an apprentice, it doesn’t mean you work for nothing!
There are now over 210 types of Apprenticeships across many sectors. The right one for you will depend on your interests, your experience and the opportunities in your area. However, all Apprenticeships include the following elements:
For example you might work:
- four days a week and go to college for one day
- full-time and take a week out, on a regular basis, to go to college.
- Assessed in the workplace.
Apprentices work with an employer to gain the experience and skills needed to do the job and at the same time get the qualifications to prove they can do it. At the end of the apprenticeship you not only gain an NVQ qualification but also a Technical Certificate and Functional Skills Certificates.