Find and Apply for an Apprenticeship

Finding and applying for an apprenticeship

You can search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies:-

  • direct to companies offering apprenticeships, by letter or using their application form
  • colleges publish apprenticeship vacancies on their websites and it's also worth following them on Twitter

Find more information on apprenticeships, becoming an apprentice as well as help on writing a winning apprenticeship application on the Apprenticeships pages of GOV.UK

Contact local training providers

You can contact one of the training providers that organise the training that is an essential part of any apprenticeship. Training providers work alongside companies offering apprenticeships, so they often know which companies will be looking for apprentices.


You can also try a 'speculative application'. This is when you write to a company before you know if they have any vacancies. You might do this because:

  • you want  to let the company know you really want to work for them. You hope that by taking the trouble to contact the company, they will ask to see you before anyone else
  • some jobs are very popular and if companies advertise they get swamped with applications. Sometimes they will wait to see who contacts them before they advertise

If you do try speculative applications, they must look good. Talk to your careers teacher or tutor about what you need to do to impress.

More help with speculative applications