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How can I help my child find an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are offered by a wide range of employers and can be advertised in many places. The Government runs the main website where vacancies are advertised but young people can also find apprenticeships through other sites and sometimes in local newspapers and through local colleges and training providers.

An apprenticeship is just like searching for a job, young people have to look in a range of different places to find one and they are competitive!

Start by looking at the government's vacancy website

One of the best ways to start looking for an apprenticeship is through the Government vacancy website ‘Find an apprenticeship’  

This website is where young people can set up an account to search and apply for different apprenticeships that they might see.

As these are real jobs, applicants will need to apply for the vacancies by submitting a job application.

This can be completed on-line through a personalised account.

Vacancies are also advertised by employers, colleges and training providers

Many training providers and colleges advertise their vacancies on their own sites and some employers advertise through their own websites or though general job vacancy sites or in newspapers.

You can find local colleges and training providers in the South of England here

See Careerpilot for information on the other ways to find an apprenticeship

Support from an adviser

  • Encourage your child to seek advice from their school or college. The National Career Service also offers online and telephone support to young people.
  • The National Apprenticeship Service helpline offers support about anything to do with apprenticeships including using the Find an Apprenticeship service.                         
  • The numbers to call are: 0800 0150400 (free call) 02476 826482
    Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Applying and interviews

When your son or daughter has found the apprenticeship that really interests them, the next stage is to apply; it’s just like applying for a regular job.

Careerpilot has more information and tips on applying

Careerpilot also has tips on interview skills.

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