Never before have school leavers had so many options available to them for when they finish school or college. For those who are considering the apprenticeship pathway, knowing who to apply to can be confusing.

In this guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about getting an apprenticeship after school or college - choosing an apprenticeship training provider and what to look out for. 

First of all, let’s clear up exactly what a training provider is. A training provider is a company that provides apprenticeship training - the provider doesn't employ the apprentice, they help get them a job. The process usually is as follows: 

  • The employer tells the provider about the apprenticeship they want to offer
  • The provider finds suitable candidates for the vacancy
  • The employer interviews the candidates and chooses their new apprentice
  • The employer employs the apprentice
  • The provider provides the apprenticeship training

Registering with a training provider is a great way to get an apprenticeship - they will have lots of different vacancies with lots of different employers. But, how do you decide which training providers to register with? To help you decide, consider the following:

  • What types of vacancies does the provider offer? Usually providers will specialise in a few sectors, so there is no point registering with a provider that specialises in IT if you want to do construction.
  • Where does the provider have vacancies? Whilst there are some national providers, most tend to have more limited geographical regions they work in.
  • Does the provider work with year 11 or 13 students? Some training providers will just tell you to start applying for vacancies in the summer after finishing school or college. If the thought of leaving things this late leaves you a bit unsure, you might want to consider working with a provider who has a school leaver programme. A school leaver programme is when a provider works with you while you're in your final year of education. You'll be able to find out more about different industries, prepare your CV and ensure you've passed any necessary assessments. This means you'll be able to be submitted for vacancies straight away after school or college rather than having to start at the very beginning of the recruitment process.

You can find out more about what providers offer on their websites or visiting the government site. Most schools and colleges also hold events such as careers fairs where providers will have stands and you can talk to them directly.

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We work with school and college leavers across Greater Manchester to help them secure opportunities in a variety of industry sectors.

If you're heading towards doing an apprenticeship, either right away or after you leave college - get in touch with our friendly team today and we'll be happy to talk through your apprenticeship opportunities: 

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