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    Please read for advice about finding an Apprenticeship.

    I have recently started doing an apprenticeship in Business and Administration after previously only dropping out of college with bad AS levels and only having worked in McDonalds

    Anyway I managed to find a website that has only been launched a while ago (but not very well advertised). It's called the Vacancy Matching Service.

    It's is at www.apprenticeships.org.uk, find a link that says 'Search for Vacancies' (about half way down the page on the left hand side)


    Direct link here:http://apprenticeshipvacancymatching...ticeships.aspx

    You can then search for new vacancies (there are thousands of employers looking for new apprentice's)

    Before you can apply for a vacancy however, you need to sign up on this site (should be able to find a link such as "Register now".

    I did this very process before the whole thing went underway properly and now I am working for the Learning and Skills Council (who by the way set up this vacancy matching system) and I am earning over £13k (working out about £915 a month after tax), advancing to around 18k after a year. (note that a lot of apprenticeships don't pay as much as this, but the pay may be shown before applying to one)

    I work a few feet away from the people who co-ordinate applications on the site, so if you have any questions please PM me!

    This really is the best way to find an apprenticeship nowadays if you are unemployed or don't have a dedicated employer willing to take you on.
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    Hello, I'm already familiar with this site....and I have accessed and searched the database for apprenticeships on a number of occasions. And unfortunately, I have not been lucky in finding any apprenticeships in my area or in the subject/occupation for that matter...i live in North Yorkshire (Scarborough), maybe its just the area i'm in or to do with the recession, can you shed any light on this topic please??
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    Hi Ashley,

    What sort of Apprenticeship are you looking for?
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    hi, well originally i was looking for an apprenticeship/training scheme in I.C.T/COMPUTING at Level 3/NVQ standard. Or alternatively some sort of apprenticeship in the Medical industry....or even some sort of psychology/counseling role if that is possible. Thanks.
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    Hi ashely,

    Generally IT apprenticeships aren't that common (I know because that's what I always wanted to do myself) and you may have to travel a little if you want to do one, Virgin Media are doing a lot of IT technician apprenticeships in sunderland for example.

    The closest match I can find for you is an IT support apprenticeship in stockton-on-tees, that's still a good hour+ drive.

    As for the alternative courses i'm not sure what you mean by medical industry but for anything like that you will probably need to go to college/university, unless you mean a Health and Social care sort of role (looking after children/elderly etc). Otherwise the closest thing again is something like an assistant in a pharmacy or administration at the nhs (usually they prefer people that have previous experience within the nhs though).

    Not seen anything in terms of psychology/counselling - again probably need to go college/university for something this technical.
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    (Original post by ashleymartin1990)
    hi, well originally i was looking for an apprenticeship/training scheme in I.C.T/COMPUTING at Level 3/NVQ standard. Or alternatively some sort of apprenticeship in the Medical industry....or even some sort of psychology/counseling role if that is possible. Thanks.
    If you're interested in IT i'd recommend you look up a group called 'Zenos' and see if there is an academy in your area. They offer free IT training for under 19s are there is also apprenticeship opportunities. I know a couple of people who have been to Zenos Academy Birmingham, training took 6 months, qualifications included Microsoft MCDST and Network + . Its VERY intense though but if you're really into IT then definitely look into it.
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    Sounds great! Think i'll look into it myself. Nothing in this administration role is challenging enough, I get things done too easily especially IT related..

    With years of self taught and a bit of academic experience I've always want to get into the IT industry. I see this administration role as my first bit of experience within an office environment and I'm definitely not giving up on my dream.
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    Wow.. I've been offered an interview next friday with 'Zenos' already, what's more it is the perfect course for what I've wanted to do, they pay for it all, including travel expenses of up to £10 a day (would cost me £6 to get to birmingham on the train and £2.50 for a daily bus ticket).

    The only problem is I can't do it.

    I'm earning £900+ a month on my current job - I risk everything by leaving the job as I this course doesn't pay and there is no garuntee I will get a job straigh away afterwards.

    I realy can't live on nothing for 21 weeks (5 months) what a bummer - really wish I could do it.

    I'd advise people to look up Zenos as they have a few spaces left in birmingham and will pay for your travel expenses.
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    Try Zenos as spiffy said they also get you a job at the end of the training. The best bit is that it's all free.

    There are healthcare apprenticeships in different areas but only to an extent as most medical jobs are technical. We have a few health & social care apprenticeships in Yorkshire on the link above.

    Trouble is as we've seen vacancies in this area are hard to come by but you could always get on a programme-led apprenticeship or study an NVQ/BTEC/C&G level 3 in counselling skills.
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    (Original post by Dale122)
    Wow.. I've been offered an interview next friday with 'Zenos' already, what's more it is the perfect course for what I've wanted to do, they pay for it all, including travel expenses of up to £10 a day (would cost me £6 to get to birmingham on the train and £2.50 for a daily bus ticket).

    The only problem is I can't do it.

    I'm earning £900+ a month on my current job - I risk everything by leaving the job as I this course doesn't pay and there is no garuntee I will get a job straigh away afterwards.

    I realy can't live on nothing for 21 weeks (5 months) what a bummer - really wish I could do it.

    I'd advise people to look up Zenos as they have a few spaces left in birmingham and will pay for your travel expenses.
    Thats a shame. Im unsure of how they work but have you enquired about an apprenticeship with the company instead? As for the stand alone training i remember reading that Zenos will try to find you employment as soon as you finish the course, you'd need to have a better read about that methinks. I hope you find what you're looking for
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    I am from Find Me an Apprentice.com, we are a web based organisation designed to help people get into apprenticeships. We are building a database of people looking for employment and matching them up to businesses looking for apprentices. It is free to register your details and we will do the hard work for you by matching you up with the right employer. Go to findmeanassessor.com and sign up now.
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    The bloke I spoke to said he'll keep my details and encouraged me to do it next year which is what I plan to do.

    I will have a lot saved by then seeing as I get a hefty bonus due to having to transfer jobs from the LSC to the local county council, not bothered too much about it, I am lucky to have a job at the moment.
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    My friend had tried Zenos before. I'll ask her again for some infos about it. It's really good to have some free stuff though.
 
 
 
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