Top apprenticeships and how to get one

You might not have thought about doing an apprenticeship before, though the chances are that you might jump at the chance to work at one of the big companies that offer them. 

From BT to Jaguar Land Rover, there are loads of big names looking for young talent. Here are the most talked about apprenticeships on TSR - and our members' advice on how to get on board!
 

1. OPITO oil and gas

What does it involve? Trainees will attend an industry appointed college for 21 months where they will gain various qualifications. On-the-job training with a sponsoring UK based energy company will take place for two years, where trainees will be mentored alongside experienced staff, gaining industry specific skills as well as an SVQ Level 3 in their chosen discipline. 

Where do I apply? http://www.opito.com/apprenticeships 

Tip for success: Wronggun1000: 'Finished my Opito apprenticeship last year, excellent opportunity! If your lucky enough to get on it don't give it up! A lot of hard work but well worth it in the end.' 

Ask a question: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...d.php?t=583779 
 

2. Civil Service Fast Track

What does it involve? There are 5 different roles for this apprenticeship including business, commercial, finance, digital & technology and project delivery. It involves a 2-year level 4 apprenticeship with a high salary offering of at least £19,500 pa. 

Where do I apply? https://www.gov.uk/government/organi...apprenticeship 

Tip for success: jcyngier: 'Once you've completed the two year apprenticeship, you can apply for other jobs and it can be whatever job is available within the civil service. Providing it's the same grade, or one grade above.' 

'There are no specific roles that you should be looking for but when you finish this apprenticeship you will be qualified with a NVQ level 4 - which is equivalent to a degree along with a HNC - which you don't see a lot of these days. I believe the fact that you've gained the experience through the civil service will serve you well in any future job roles/interviews.'

Ask a question: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=3119067 
 

3. KPMG apprenticeships

What does it involve? KPMG is part of a global company specilising in audit, tax and advisory services. They offer a learning community for trainees called the Academy and have a very high pass rate for the professional qualifications. 

Where do I apply? https://www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/school...s/how-to-apply 

Tip for success: gr8wizard10: Make sure you're prepared. Get an insight of the company, research their different divisions and what they do. Know some key facts surrounding the financial industries and keep your commercial awareness up to date. 

Ask a question: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2493745 

4. BAE systems apprenticeship

What does it involve? BAE systems is a multi-national defence, aerospace and security company which offer perfect opportunities for aspiring engineers with Masters and Higher Apprenticeship schemes in a diverse range of roles. 

Where do I apply? http://www.baesystems.com/en/careers...pprenticeships 

Tip for success: OwenBAE: I applied for a engineering mechanical apprenticeship in Wharton. There are 3 main steps: 
Step one- applying for the roll of apprentice.
Step two- the online testing
Step three- the interview along with further online testing and building a model of some sort.

If I had any advice I would say prepare for the interview because I did not have the best grades so you will really need to give good reasons why they should hire you and come up with answers to every question they may ask you. 

Ask a question: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...d.php?t=809005 

5. Jaguar Land Rover

What does it involve? Both Advanced and Degree Apprenticeships are available within the Jaguar Land RoverApprenticeship Scheme. The Advanced Scheme is for those who have completed GCSEs and it covers a course of four years. The Degree Schemes are six years, and are for those who have completed appropriate A-Levels. 

Where do I apply? http://www.jaguarlandrovercareers.co...t/apprentices/ 

Tip for success: Jack.weston: My best tip is to get as much engineering experience as possible. For example I love my cars so I bigged up the mechanical side behind it etc. if you can do any extra curricular activities which involve planning team work do it ! You need a bank of examples which you can refer too. 

Ask a question: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2590406 

6. British Gas

What does it involve? The British Gas Apprenticeships and Traineeships aim to equip you with the technical and customer care skills to become a fully qualified member of the British Gas team.They also offer an Information Systems (IS) Apprenticeship Programme where you will learn from Industry experts and pick up skills outside the classroom. 

Where do I apply? http://www.britishgasjobs.co.uk/care...s-and-trainees 

Tip for success: Stobo91: 'Don't worry too much about it. The whole process is quite laid back when you are there and they make you feel comfortable. They are constantly assessing you so make an effort to chat with the other candidates etc.' 

'The interview is very hard to prepare for unfortunately. I prepared and prepared and prepared and none of the three competency questions that I got asked were anything like what I were expecting- just found out I passed with flying colours though!'

Ask a question: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=3291503 

7. Capgemini Higher Apprenticeship

What does it involve? The Apprenticeship Programme offers both Advanced (12 months) and Degree (4.5 years) apprenticeship schemes for those interested in IT. 

Where do I apply? https://www.uk.capgemini.com/careers...th/apprentices 

Tip for success: Matthew Hoy: You just need to try and make sure that you know your stuff and come across well. They look at you as a person rather than you as a list of grades and achievements (Provided you pass the aptitude test). So the thing that's most important is that you are yourself and prove that you can integrate into the team well, however, you should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and some knowledge of computing as well. 

Ask a question: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2387069 

8. BT apprenticeship

What does it involve? BT apprenticeships offer both business and technical apprenticeships for a global communications company. Opportunities include HR, Finance, Engineering and Vehicle Maintenance. 

Where do I apply? http://btplc.com/Careercentre/Ourloc...prenticeships/ 

Tip for success: Teas: 'I'm currently a third year engineering apprentice with Openreach. Just an example of an assessment, they'll stick an assortment of tools and protective equipment on the table, and tell you to fix two sockets to a piece of MDF and run a wire between them. They're usually just looking for how you problem solve; people aren't expecting you to know exactly how to do things when you've never done it before! As long as you take your time and think about things you should be fine, slow and methodical is always better than rushed and sloppy.' 

'When they ask you about the business, its a bit daunting - again, you aren't expected to know absolutely everything. Just reading a few articles from google should give you a brief overview - essentially if you've gone into the interview with an idea of how Openreach runs as a business, you'll be fine.'

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