Who can Apply for an Apprenticeship?

There are very little to no set requirements for those who wish to apply for an apprenticeship scheme. They are open to all people over the age of 16 and are perfect for those wishing to learn whilst gaining on-the-job experience as an employee.

Students can apply for an apprenticeship even whilst they are still at school, but must have turned 16 by the end of the summer holidays, must live in England and must not be in full-time education at the start of the apprenticeship.

There are many different levels of apprenticeships available, though many will start with an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship, to allow them to progress their career and work up to higher apprenticeship levels. When you apply for an apprenticeship, the entry requirements will be specified, as well as qualities the employer is looking for. For higher apprenticeships, employers will ask for A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Employers will look for the following qualities in a person:

  • Committed- an apprenticeship can last anywhere between 1 and 4 years. Apprentices must be committed to the role and their training requirements.
  • Responsible- apprentices have an obligation to undertake the responsibilities listed out in the job role.
  • Prepared- apprentices should be prepared to combine work-based learning with study and are required to undertake both practical and written work.
  • Enthusiasm- apprentices should always show their enthusiasm and willingness to work as this can overshadow qualifications and grades.

Whilst there is no upper age limit for apprenticeships, the current government policy means that those who start their training when they are 19 years old or older will have less funding to cover the costs. Those who already obtain a level 4 qualification or higher are not eligible for any government funding.

Some apprenticeships will require the student to have been a UK resident for a certain period prior to the start of the training, so it’s important to ask if you think you will be affected by this. Apprenticeships are highly sought after and competition can be very strong, so it’s important to show you are keen and determined to progress throughout the entire process.

At GET, we provide work-based learning in the mechanical, electrical, maintenance, welding and fabrication sectors of the engineering industry. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in engineering, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team via our contact page or by calling 01452 423461.