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National Apprenticeship Week: How do I get started?

5th Feb 2024

Our quick guide to apprenticeships and getting started:

This week, 5th February – 11th February, marks National Apprenticeship Week and the 17th annual celebration of apprenticeships. Across our social media we will be celebrating all the brilliant achievements of our students and giving you an insight into exactly what is on offer through an apprenticeship.

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we have also launched our new apprenticeship talent pool. The Apprenticeship Talent Pool enables you to register your interest in an apprenticeship and gives you a head start in completing the application process. Click here to sign up or find out more below.

If you are considering an apprenticeship, here are our top tips and a quick guide to help you get started:

(1) What is an apprenticeship?

    An apprenticeship is a real job which allows you to learn, gain experience of work, and get paid along the way. We make sure that all the employers we work with set our apprentices up as a proper employee, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

    (2) What kind of companies offer apprenticeships?

      Any company, of any size, can offer an apprenticeship. We work with a huge range of businesses in Oxfordshire from sole traders to some of the largest employers in the County, including Blenheim Palace, University of Oxford, Oxford County Council, BMW Mini Plant Oxford, Williams Advanced Engineering to NHS Foundation Trust.

      (3) How do I know what kind of apprenticeship might be right for me?

        When looking for an apprenticeship, it is useful to start by ask yourself some questions, such as:

        • What are my hobbies and interests?
        • Do I like working outside and would I want something hands-on and practical?
        • Do I enjoy working in a team?
        • Where do I see my career progressing to?

        It is important to remember that when you apply for an apprenticeship, you are applying for a full time job. Make sure that the role and company interests you, and that you can see yourself working in that career path.

        (4) Where do I look to find an apprenticeship?

          There are a couple of different websites you can use to find an apprenticeship. We would recommend looking at the following:

          If you are still unsure of what apprenticeship you are interested in, please get in touch with our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team or fill out or Apprenticeship Talent Pool form.

          (5) What happens once I have filled out the Apprenticeship Talent Pool form?

            Once you have filled out or apprenticeship form, our recruitment team will get in touch to discuss your apprenticeship opportunities and the next steps for you to complete your application process.

            You can also choose to be added to our apprenticeship vacancy mailing list, a weekly email with new and exciting apprenticeships on offer.

            (6) What do employers look for in an application?

            Your application is the first thing an employer will see so it’s essential this is completed to the best of your ability. Please check your spelling and grammar throughout your application and pay close attention to the little details!

            If you need some inspiration, please consider the following:

            - Your strengths and transferable skills that match the job description.

            - Tailor each application to the job description posted.

            - Include all qualifications (list predicted grades too!)

            - Explain any work experience you have (this could be from a job or school).

            Summary of tips:

            (1) Ask yourself some questions - what are your hobbies, interests, and strengths, and what might you be interested in?

            (2) Have a look at what apprenticeships are out there using the government link and industry guides

            (3) Remember support is available - Sign up to the talent pool to register your interest or give our team a call.

            (4) Remember to tailor your application for each vacancy - Don't forget to check your spelling and grammar!

            Contact us

            If you have any questions or would like any guidance, please do get in touch with our apprenticeship team

            apprenticeships@abingdon-witney.ac.uk | 01235 216 216