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Hi guys/girls/others,

For those of you who have applied for an apprenticeship through the gov.uk website I assume like me you will have had the basic questions e.g. what are your strengths, what you want to improve, hobbies and interests etc. which have 4000 character limits. How much did you write for these and what do you think would be considered an average? Do they want you to fill the box or will a paragraph suffice? Don't want to write too much so that I waffle to fill space or too little that it looks like I've not put the effort in.

Also, can you go to University after a Level 3 apprenticeship? Is it equivalent to 3 a-levels?

Thanks!
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Wow, you are me one year ago. I applied for several apprenticeships on the gov.uk website and managed to get a decent amount of interviews (including exxonmobil and I currently have an apprenticeship at Leonardo) so I think I can help you out here.

Firstly, only write to the extent of what is necessary - no employer wants to write 4000 words of nonsense, if you can summarise your strengths in one paragraph, go for it. (I did around 2-3 small paragraphs per big question).

Secondly - Yes you absolutely can go to uni after a level 3 apprenticeship (depending on the apprenticeship). You can get some apprenticeships that actually fund you to go on to a degree (ask about this in interviews), mine will fund a HNC (engineering) and subsidise a bachelors degree (this is subject to you doing well of course). A lot of uni's also accept BTECs including Nottingham (which is Russell group), you can also go on to do foundation degrees or HNCs if you want to do that before pursuing a higher degree.

If you have any more questions I am happy to help you out.
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Hi guys/girls/others,

For those of you who have applied for an apprenticeship through the gov.uk website I assume like me you will have had the basic questions e.g. what are your strengths, what you want to improve, hobbies and interests etc. which have 4000 character limits. How much did you write for these and what do you think would be considered an average? Do they want you to fill the box or will a paragraph suffice? Don't want to write too much so that I waffle to fill space or too little that it looks like I've not put the effort in.

Also, can you go to University after a Level 3 apprenticeship? Is it equivalent to 3 a-levels?

Thanks!
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Wow, you are me one year ago. I applied for several apprenticeships on the gov.uk website and managed to get a decent amount of interviews (including exxonmobil and I currently have an apprenticeship at Leonardo) so I think I can help you out here.

Firstly, only write to the extent of what is necessary - no employer wants to write 4000 words of nonsense, if you can summarise your strengths in one paragraph, go for it. (I did around 2-3 small paragraphs per big question).

Secondly - Yes you absolutely can go to uni after a level 3 apprenticeship (depending on the apprenticeship). You can get some apprenticeships that actually fund you to go on to a degree (ask about this in interviews), mine will fund a HNC (engineering) and subsidise a bachelors degree (this is subject to you doing well of course). A lot of uni's also accept BTECs including Nottingham (which is Russell group), you can also go on to do foundation degrees or HNCs if you want to do that before pursuing a higher degree.

If you have any more questions I am happy to help you out.
That's great help - thank you. Do you know how soon after the closing date they get in touch and will they phone, email or leave something on the gov.uk page? If you don't get selected I take it you just won't hear anything? Thanks!
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That's great help - thank you. Do you know how soon after the closing date they get in touch and will they phone, email or leave something on the gov.uk page? If you don't get selected I take it you just won't hear anything? Thanks!
Due to the date being July-August, I assume most apprenticeships would be closed for September start. Some apprentices decide to drop out before the start of an apprenticeship so don't worry if you don't hear about it straight away, also most companies will have interviews just before their closing date and close applications before they have contacted an applicant.

I'm not sure when each company advertises on the gov.uk website, but I know that it's usually 2-6 months before the start of the actual apprenticeship. If you are worrying about not hearing back, you can always call them or send them an email to check the status of your application.
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Due to the date being July-August, I assume most apprenticeships would be closed for September start. Some apprentices decide to drop out before the start of an apprenticeship so don't worry if you don't hear about it straight away, also most companies will have interviews just before their closing date and close applications before they have contacted an applicant.

I'm not sure when each company advertises on the gov.uk website, but I know that it's usually 2-6 months before the start of the actual apprenticeship. If you are worrying about not hearing back, you can always call them or send them an email to check the status of your application.
Great help thank you, I have heard back from them
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Great help thank you, I have heard back from them
Thats great! I wish you luck.
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Hi, hopefully you can help me too!

I'm applying for a few apprenticeships on the gov.uk website too. Just wondered what the general process is? I understand that the agency/college may contact you via phone after the application for a screening? What does this normally involve? Is it an interview or just a kind of run through of your application etc? Then what does the interview process generally involve?

Grateful for any help!
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Hi, hopefully you can help me too!

I'm applying for a few apprenticeships on the gov.uk website too. Just wondered what the general process is? I understand that the agency/college may contact you via phone after the application for a screening? What does this normally involve? Is it an interview or just a kind of run through of your application etc? Then what does the interview process generally involve?

Grateful for any help!
I'm not sure what apprenticeship you're applying for, but this is my experiences for an engineering related apprenticeship.

Sorry for the delayed response, for an engineering apprenticeship, normally you will be invited into the college to do an aptitude assessment, think of this as a sort of Engineering IQ test. Your scores will then be processed and if you meet the requirements for the company you are applying for, the college/agency will send your application and scores onto the employer who then may invite you to an interview or request a phone interview etc. The agency may also suggest employers to apply for.

If you are applying for an apprenticeship other than engineering let me know and I will look into it. I am happy to help in any way.

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(Original post by kizzz!)
Hi, hopefully you can help me too!

I'm applying for a few apprenticeships on the gov.uk website too. Just wondered what the general process is? I understand that the agency/college may contact you via phone after the application for a screening? What does this normally involve? Is it an interview or just a kind of run through of your application etc? Then what does the interview process generally involve?

Grateful for any help!
After you fill in the application form on the gov.uk website you will be contacted by either the company or the training provider depending on who is processing the applications. They will then inform you of how the next steps in the process. In my experience, most employers will just decide whether or not to invite you to an assesment centre/interview and won't bother with telephone interviews as they can gather in depth information from your answers to the questions on the application form.
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