Finding an apprenticeship

The stages of finding an apprenticeship

1. Before you find an apprenticeship check out whether there is one in the job area your are interested in. It is also a good idea to see how far up the qualification levels you can go. Some only go to Level 3 (which is equivalent to A Levels, Level 3 BTECs or an Advanced Apprenticeship) but some go up to Level 6/7, which is the same as getting a degree.

You can find out which apprenticeships have been approved for use by looking at this tool from

2. Then you need to find an available vacancy. You can do this by looking at the Careerpilot Apprenticeship Search Tool. You can add any you like to your Careerpilot Career Tools, but if you want to apply you need to go to the vacancy page

If you go the the site you can register and set up alerts.

 Create an account to:

  • apply for apprenticeships
  • get email and text alerts about new apprenticeships and your applications
  • track your applications.

Note: Most apprenticeships will be listed on the website. However, not all are, you could also search a company or college website to check for additional vacancies.

Other ways to find an apprenticeship

Through a provider

Many local providers such as colleges and training providers will also advertise apprenticeship vacancies on their websites. You can find which providers are local to you in Find a Provider.

Looking on job vacancy sites

Another place to look can be on the big national job vacancy sites, which also include local search options.

Example sites include:

Try entering "apprentice" in the 'job title' box and your nearest town or city in the 'location' box. Some of these will allow you to upload your CV so that employers can search for you. You can also set up email alerts to your inbox when they have vacancies that match your chosen criteria such as location, job category or keywords.

The website ratemyapprenticehsip is a good place to go to see reviews on apprenticeships and has links to the some of the biggest recruiters of apprentices in the UK.

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