The simplest way to answer this question is to say – there are no strict requirements to apply for an apprenticeship.
As long as you are over the age of 16, living in England, and not in full-time education at the same time, an apprenticeship can offer you the chance to gain on the job training and qualifications.
However, there are still a few things to bear in mind when making an application:
The requirements for an apprenticeship really depend on what each employer is looking for, and whether you will be the right fit for their business. However, many employers are on the lookout for someone who has grades C or above in GCSE maths and English.
This is not necessarily for all opportunities, and you will find plenty of apprenticeships where employers are more interested in your personality or level of experience than your academic results.
An essential requirement for any apprenticeship is that you are motivated to develop in the role, and that you have the ability to complete the programme, which usually takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.
Since employers are putting their time into developing your skills, it is essential to show that you are motivated to settle in and succeed in the role. You can best show how passionate you are through your CV and your apprenticeship application.
By displaying maximum effort on your apprenticeship, you may be able to confirm a full time position with the business once you have completed your apprenticeship, or progression onto the next apprenticeship level. Click here to see what other skills employers are on the lookout for.
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As mentioned before, you will need to be over 16 years of age to start an apprenticeship. However, there is an advantage for applicants who are between the ages of 16 and 18. Demand is high for this age group, as the business who takes you on will receive full funding from the government to pay for your qualifications. If you are between 19 and 24, the business will receive partial funding for apprenticeships.
However, some employers may be inclined to take on those who have more experience, so if you are over the age of 18, please don’t hesitate to make an application!
Your level of experience
Your success when applying for an apprenticeship will really depend on what level of apprenticeship you are registering your interest for.
Apprenticeships start at level 2, but can progress all the way up to level 8, so the higher the level of apprenticeship, the more knowledge and experience will be required. You can read up on what goes into the different apprenticeship levels here.
If you don’t have the required grades or experience to start an apprenticeship, there is also the opportunity to start a traineeship, which is a training programme of up to 16 weeks. On this programme, you will gain work experience with an employer (some of them as big as Boots and Fedex – which looks great on your CV!) alongside English and maths skills. You will also have the chance to develop interview skills and practise CV writing so that you are ‘work-ready’. Take a look at our traineeship opportunities right here.