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How Do You Apply for an Apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship requires you to do a number of things. You need to have researched your apprenticeship and you need to have made the necessary contact with potential employers, which can be a lot more difficult than it sounds.

Apprenticeships can be applied for by going directly through an employer and have to have been ratified by your college or university. If you are going to apply for an apprenticeship you will need to fill out various forms and so will your employer.

With regards to some of the things that you need to do in order to apply for an apprenticeship, you will need to:

Research the apprenticeship:

If you’re applying for an apprenticeship, it’s imperative that you research the apprenticeship thoroughly before you apply. You need to see what the actual role at the company will involve, how the employer will support you in what you’re doing and how they will train you on site. The training itself will be crucial for any examinations that you may have to take and for practical, on-the-job learning.

Tailor your application:

Your application should be tailored for the job that you’re applying for. A blanket application won’t work for this type of position. In most jobs, you can do this, but employers need to understand you and see what would benefit the for the potential risks. Employers have to do a number of safety checks before they can actually allow you to come on the site anyway, so your application needs to show that you can be trusted on sites of all kinds and that you’re passionate about what your employer does, for them to run the risk of employing you.

Look into a traineeship:

A traineeship is a course with work experience that is run by the government and gets you ready for any work or for any apprenticeship that you are likely to apply for. This can, however, last upwards of six months at a time. To apply, potential students must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in England.
  • Must be unemployed and have little to no work experience.
  • Applicants must be aged between the ages of 16 and 24 and must be qualified not higher than Level: 3.

Applying:

If you want to apply for an apprenticeship, you have to apply through the government official apprenticeship website. The reason for this is so that you can search for apprenticeships through official channels, rather than just calling companies up blind and asking for help there and then. Applications can take some time, however, the site allows you to search for relevant apprenticeships and allows you to contact the potential employers directly. The whole process requires you to have a CV tailored for your apprenticeship application and not just as a normal CV for a normal job.

For Employers:

Employers, as they do with all employees, have a duty of care for their apprentices and have to ensure that they can meet the requirements set by the government for their apprentices. Apprentices will need to take up various different assignments and will need to look into the possibilities of examinations at the end of their course, you as an employer need to take a few things into account before you decide to go ahead with apprenticeships.

Health & Safety Risk Assessment:

Employers will need to fill out a health and safety risk assessment form provided by the learning provider of the student. The reason for this is because education providers, be it colleges, schools, universities or any other places to learn, all have a duty of care towards their students and need to know that the environment is safe for a young person to learn in and to be around in, especially if they are working in a factory. This will detail whether or not they need any special equipment such as steel toecap boots.

Induction:

Make sure you give your apprentice(s) a decent induction. Apprentices need to be shown around the workplace and they need to be shown the correct procedures for the various things that happen in the workplace, everything that employees need to know. An induction is also introducing them to the company policy if you have any. The HR policies that the company practice and the codes of conduct that are put in place are all essential for an apprentice entering the workplace.

A Mentor:

Apprentices will need someone to help them. This will normally require something along the lines of a mentor. A mentor will ensure that they are okay in what they’re doing. Though they will not sit with them full-time, they will ensure that their work is focused on the task that has been set and they will also be able to ensure that they are in keeping with the company’s aforementioned policies and regulations. Mentors won’t have to take much time out of their days to look after an apprentice, they will just be able to look in and see what they’re doing every so often, maybe every hour or so.

The Benefits:

There are numerous benefits of being an apprentice, but hiring an apprentice also has added incentives for employers as well. Employers are able to claim certain grants and bursaries from the government for the hiring and subsequent training of an apprentice. If you have less than fifty employees and your apprentice is between the ages of 16 and 24, then you are eligible for £1,500 for every apprentice that you hire, however, you can only claim for five different apprentices, not more. You can also apply for funding to cover any of the various different costs of any of your apprentice’s qualification, however, if you are providing any of their formal studies. However, the amount of money that you receive can depend on the level of your apprentice. The funds available for apprentices are listed below:

  • If the apprentice is aged 16 to 18, you are able to get all of their course costs all the way up to advanced levels apprenticeship qualifications, like higher diplomas or A-levels.
  • If your apprentice is aged 19 to 23, employers are able to claim half of their course costs back.
  • If the apprentice is 24 years or older, you may only receive a contribution towards your apprentice’s course cost.

There are also benefits of keeping an apprentice on after they have completed their studies too. Apprentices that have worked their way up are more likely to stay with the company, thus effectively eliminating the need for future recruitment of personnel. In fact, figures suggest that an A-Level 3 advanced apprentice will likely go on in their time with the company to generate an additional lifetime benefit, not only to themselves but also to their employer of around £105,000, this is in direct comparison with an employee who was not trained by the company and does not have an apprenticeship, research also suggests that those with a level 2 additional benefit of around £73,000.

Apprenticeships require you to have these in place and require you to understand the different rules and regulations that come alongside them. If you are ever unsure as to what it is that you need to do, then make sure you check online and find out what it is exactly that has to be done for your forthcoming apprentice. You are required by law to be aware of all of the different rules and regulations and to fill in all of the required documentation. This documentation serves not only for your own records but also for the records of the college and for the government as both will need to regulate the student(s) that you have on the site.