What to do

By when in Year 11


Register on the National Apprenticeships website  Vacancies for apprenticeships are advertised on this site.  You will need to have an email address to register.  You can apply for vacancies by completing the online application form.

Vacancies come and go on this website, so you will need to check it regularly. 

Check every week


Larger companies often have their own websites and could well have a job vacancies or careers page where their apprenticeships are advertised.  If so, you can often apply through their website.   

Don’t forget that most employers have closing dates for their apprenticeship applications.  Check carefully.

From December onwards




Apply to local training providers as well – ask your careers adviser.   Colleges often offer apprenticeship training as well.  Some advertise open days on their websites and they often come to the Careers Event. 

These organisations don’t employ you but they will arrange aptitude tests if necessary for the area of work you are interested in and may advise you on your CV.  They may help you to find an employer to work for but they can’t promise this.  Once you have found an employer to take you on, the training provider will arrange your training. 

From January onwards




You should also contact local employers to see if they have any vacancies for an apprentice.  Use the website – to make a list of local employers in the industry you would like to work in or search employers on Google Maps. Your friends and family may also be able to suggest some companies to contact.

Some companies don’t advertise because they get a lot of people writing to them to enquire about apprenticeships.  You could post or email a CV with a covering letter to employers of interest. Do ensure you have a business-like email address to use. 

From January onwards


You will need a good quality CV to post/email to employers of interest.  Companies get lots of CVs, so you need to make the best of your application. 

It should be one or 2 sides of A4 and be well presented.  The information you put in should be truthful and show you in the best possible light.  You should put in any experience you have that shows your interest in and knowledge of the job you wish to do.  Mention work experience, spare time interests and positions of responsibility in school. 

Use New Kudos to build your CV  Use your username and password to login to New Kudos; ask your Head of Year or your tutor or the careers adviser.

December or January





Prepare a covering letter as well as a CV.  This may have to be changed slightly for each company you send your CV to.  See New Kudos.

December or January


Check the local newspapers regularly as some companies may advertise there.  The Daily Echo has details of job vacancies on Thursdays and you can also check their website –

Also keep checking your email account regularly as some employers may reply to you via email.

From January onwards



Be prepared to sit aptitude tests, as well as aiming for the GCSE grades that are required for the apprenticeship you want to do.



If you have an interview, make sure you know the company and have researched into the work they do.  Use the company websites for information. 

You can also get careers information on New Kudos to find out more about what the job involves and the skills required.

Before Interviews


What are you going to do if you can’t find the apprenticeship you want? - You will need a back-up plan.

There are full-time college courses in subject areas similar to those offered on an apprenticeship. You need to apply in plenty of time to get a place.  Apply in December/January for a college course just in case you can’t find an employer to take you on as an apprentice.  You can always turn your college place down when you are offered an apprenticeship.

December and January


Book a careers interview in school if you need advice about apprenticeships.





  • Register on the National Apprenticeship website: and check the vacancies regularly.
  • Apply to local training providers who can help you find an apprenticeship: Construction Industry Training Provider for a range of building trades – Construction Training Provider for Carpentry and Brickwork – Apprenticeships in Childcare, Customer Service and Business Administration and more – Training Provider for the Motor Vehicle industry –Hospitality and Catering Apprenticeships – Plumbing and Electrical Apprenticeships – Southampton Engineering Training Association offering Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic Apprenticeships as well as Fabrication and Welding – Apprenticeships in Childcare, Health and Social Care, Business Administration, Retail, Hospitality and Catering

  • Apply to local colleges who offer apprenticeship training and can help you find an apprenticeship: - Brockenhurst College offers apprenticeship training for a range of sectors including Hospitality, Business Admin and Marine – Totton College delivers apprenticeship training in areas such as Childcare, Hairdressing and Motor Vehicle - City College offers apprenticeship training in Construction, Catering, Engineering, Hairdressing and many more – Eastleigh College delivers apprenticeship training in Motor Vehicle, Construction, Engineering, Catering, Hairdressing and many more – Sparsholt College provides apprenticeship training in Agriculture, Animal Care, Equine, Environmental Conservation, Horticulture, Forestry

  • Contact local employers as well:

You may need to find your own employer if there isn’t a vacancy for an apprenticeship on the National Apprenticeship website or through the training providers.  Use online directories, e.g. or search on Google Maps to make a list of local employers in the industry you would like to work in.  Send employers your CV and a covering letter to enquire about vacancies.  Use New Kudos for help to build a CV and for advice on covering letters. 

  • Attend the Careers Event in school in the Autumn Term to meet some of the training providers and colleges.