Wondering when the best time is to look for an apprenticeship?
Whilst there will be some large organisations that have an apprenticeship intake at a key point in the year – say September and whilst colleges offering apprenticeship programmes will have a lot of activity in the admissions department around the end of August, there is no one time to apply for an apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships often run on what is called a roll on, roll off basis, which means that people start and finish at different times of the year.
Important things to check if you are looking for an apprenticeship are:
The closing date – as with any job there will be a closing date to apply so make sure that you know what this is.
The start date – It’s no good applying for an apprenticeship that requires you to have three A-levels and starts on July 1st if you won’t have finished your course of study by then. You can still apply for an apprenticeship that starts after your course finishes if all you have is your predicted results.
Looking for an apprenticeship in a specific location
The government’s find an apprenticeship service allows you to search for apprenticeships by keyword (say engineering), using your postcode and by setting the distance that you are able to travel, which allows you to be very specific. It’s not the only way to look for an apprenticeship of course – you can visit your local college or training provider and you can look on employer websites too for details of apprenticeship opportunities.