Apprenticeships are an amazing way to get on the career ladder and are open to anyone over the age of 16. Whatever your aspirations, apprenticeships offer you the chance to gain valuable experience and skills and achieve a qualification whilst earning a wage.

How To Apply

Step 1. Do Your Research!

Before applying, it’s important to know what kind of apprenticeship you want, what’s involved & what employers expect. By researching you’ll have a clearer picture of how to make a good impression.

Step 2. Search! Search! Search!

So you’ve identified what apprenticeship you want, now it’s time to find it. The government’s ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website is a good place to start along with other job sites such as Indeed.

Step 3. Applying 

Make sure your application is professional and demonstrates clearly and concisely your suitability for the position. Don’t send out duplicate applications; take the time to do your research.

Step 4. The Interview

Make sure you have a good understanding of the employer. Be prepared to discuss your strengths, areas for improvement and ambitions. Don’t forget to come with questions to ask your interviewer.

An apprenticeship is a combination of employment and training (the apprentice obtains a nationally recognised qualification upon completion) for anyone above the age of 16. Employers train individuals within the context of their organisation, so apprentices contribute to the organisation’s productivity while developing their own skills.

The minimum is generally one year, but most high-quality apprenticeships would take longer to complete, sometimes up to four years. Someone who was already in paid employment prior to starting the apprenticeship may take less time to complete an apprenticeship than someone who is new to the working world.

There is an apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (NMW) which applies to all 16–18-year-olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. The current rate is £4.15 per hour.

Portsmouth College has a designated Apprenticeship Manager who will work with you to support you throughout your apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Sorry, there are no current vacancies.

So, What Happens Next?

Want to apply or find out more? Simply get in touch with us and we can give you the advice you need to make the right decision for you. For more information go to the Government website.


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