What are the requirements for an apprenticeship?

Aside from deciding if an apprenticeship is the right route for you, it’s a good idea to sit back and think about what kind of apprenticeship you’re right for.

What are the entry requirements for an apprenticeship?

There are four levels of apprenticeship and each has its own entry requirements in terms of the qualifications and experience you’ll need to apply. They are: 

But more importantly than that, you need to prove that you’re the right person for the role. After all, an apprenticeship is a job like any other – and employers want the best people for their business.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

Am I eligible?

  • Are you over 16?
  • Are you living or eligible to live and work in the country your apprenticeship is based?
  • And will you be out of full-time education when the apprenticeship starts?

Answer yes to all the above and you’re good to go.

Am I ready for the interview process?

If you’re applying to higher and degree level apprenticeships, you’ll usually be asked to take an aptitude or psychometric test as part of the selection process.

This might be online, or you might be called in to an assessment centre as part of your application. It’ll typically test your functional maths and English skills, so brush up if you need to.

If you need to re-take any English or maths qualifications, you can do so as part of the apprenticeship.

As for the interview itself, we’ve got plenty of resources to get you started.

Make sure you take a look at our advice on how to prepare for an apprenticeship interview. It’ll help you dodge any pit falls that could put you in the ‘no’ pile faster than you can say ‘which job is this one again?’. 

And here’s some useful tips for whipping your CV into shape.

UCAS top tip

You don’t need to be the perfect fit. But if you’re excited about the role, that will come through in your application.

Thinking about an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships offer the chance to earn while you learn and get a qualification at the same time. You’ll also gain valuable work experience, which can help when you come to apply for jobs in the future.

So what does it mean to be an apprentice? Get the inside view from Lucy Ackland from Renishaw, as she shares her journey from GCSEs to award winning engineer.

Am I the right person for the role?

If you truly understand the role you’re applying for, and the employer who’s offering it, and you feel excited to apply – you’re halfway there. 

Double check all the application requirements and make sure you have something to show for each of them. Even if you don’t fully meet the criteria, a good cover letter and a proactive attitude can open doors.

Your application will get you to the interview – from then on, it’s a case of proving to the employer that you can bring value to the role and the company.

That could be anything from simply bringing a positive attitude, a unique perspective on the industry, or a set of skills you’ve developed in your own time.  

It’s a case of asking yourself what your strengths are, and aligning them with what the role requires you to do.

See what kind of apprenticeship you could be right for.

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